When You Enter the United States
Your passport must always be valid at least 6 months into the future.
F-1 Visa Stamp
An F-1 visa stamp that U.S. consular officials place in your passport indicates that you are eligible to enter or re-enter the United States as an F-1 student. It does not determine your length of stay in the United States.
If your F-1 visa expires while you are in the United States: It is not necessary to renew your visa as long as you remain in the country and remain in active status. A visa can be secured only at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. Canadians do not require a visa.
I-94 Admission Record
The electronic record of your I-94, after arrival in the United States, along with a valid Form I-20, permits you to stay temporarily in the United States as an F-1 student.
What “F-1 D/S” Mean?
“F-1 D/S” on your I-94. D/S stands for “duration of status.” It refers to the length of time you are permitted to remain temporarily in the United States to pursue a full course of study. If this is not noted, please contact International Student and Scholar Services immediately.
Each time you enter the United States, your I-94 will be updated. It is a good idea to check your I-94 after each entry to ensure it still shows your F-1 status and D/S.
Renewing or Replacing your Passport
Lost or stolen? Report a lost or stolen passport to the police. Your home country government may require a police report before issuing a new passport.
Renewing or replacing your passport: Contact your country’s consulate in the United States.