Renewing a Visa
If your F-1 or J-1 visa has expired, you only need to obtain a new visa if you plan to travel outside of the U.S. and return to resume your studies or practical/academic training.
A visa is necessary for entry only. You will need to apply for a new visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy outside of the U.S., as it is not possible to renew an F-1 or J-1 visa from within the U.S. You will need to research the visa application and issuance procedures as they may have changed since you last obtained a visa.
To schedule an appointment for your visa interview, you should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad where you will be renewing your non-immigrant visa.
For your visa appointment you should prepare the following:
Valid at least 6 months into the future
Slater International Center recommends that you signature be no more than 6 months old when you are traveling to renew your visa.
Either a personal bank statement or letter of funding from your sponsor. The original bank statement should be in your name or be accompanied by an original letter of support from the person whose name is on the statement. If Wellesley College is your funding source, it is recommended that you get a letter written on Wellesley letterhead that details your funding. If you have already paid tuition for next semester, you may wish to obtain a statement that indicates this from Student Financial Services. These documents should be less than one year old.
You can redownload a copy of your I-901 Fee Receipt from the I-901 fee website by clicking "Check I-901 Status."
Although the card states "Not Valid For Re-entry," this only means that it cannot be used soley for entry to the U.S. (i.e. without a passport). You must present your EAD card when re-entering the U.S.
You must show proof that you have a job in the U.S. to which you will return. It is recommended that you provide a letter from your employer verifying that you are currently employed.
Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application. Generally required of all male applicants between the ages of 16-45. Check with the U.S. Consulate or Embassy where you are applying for additional requirements
2 inches square [51 x 51mm], showing full face, without head covering or glasses, and against a light background. You can upload the photo as a part of the Form DS-160 application. If the upload fails, bring a printed one in the format descripted in the Department of State's Photo Requirements page. The photo must not be digitally altered.