Immigration Process Overview


Get a Passport  

Getting a passport and providing us with a copy of the Bio page is the first step. Check here to Learn More.


Apply for a Visa

Find out if you need a visa, how to apply for one, and about what documents you will need to gather. Check here to Learn More.  


Before Your Travel

In order to board your international flight you will need your passport with valid visa inside. Find out all that you need to know before you travel Here.


After Your Arrival

Find out what to do if your passport is lost or stolen while abroad.

Typical Timeline for Immigration Process

  • October and March: Acceptance into study abroad programs
    • Prepare documents for your visa application
  • 90 days before semester away start date: First day to submit visa application to the consulate
  • 45 days before semester away start date: Deadline to apply for your visa

Special Note for International Students

If You Are a F-1 Student

To keep your F-1 status abroad you must:

  • Register as a full-time student.
  • Keep a local US address in Albert.
  • Get a travel signature on your I-20 before departing the US.
  • Check your F-1 visa to ensure it will be valid when you plan to return to the US. If you need a new one, review how to renew your U.S. visa.
  • Continue to check your NYU email while you're outside of the US. It's the only way we could contact you if there is any issue with your immigration record.
  • Talk to an advisor at the OGS prior to leaving if you want to work in the US right after you return.

If You Are a J-1 Student

  • You must contact us immediately for guidance if you wish to study abroad for a semester or year.

Are you an international student and want to study or travel outside the US for more than 5 months? Contact us.