F-1 immigration documents
information for F-1 students regarding various immigration documents.
Your U.S. F-1 visa in your passport is your approval to
request entry to the United States and receive F-1 student status while here.
The visa may either be for:
- single entry
- double entry
- multiple entries
If your visa expires while you are in the United States, but
your Form I-20 and Form I-94 are valid, your legal immigration status in the
United States remains valid. You may remain in the United States as long as you
are maintaining your immigration status.
However, if your visa has expired and you depart the United
States, you will be required to obtain a new visa before re-entering the United
There are a few exceptions to this rule, so contact your
International Student Adviser in advance if you have visa related travel
questions. It is not possible to renew an F-1 visa in the United States.
Accompanying dependents (spouse and children) of F-1
students are issued F-2 visas. For more information about F-2 immigration
regulations, or if you would like to bring a dependent to the United States,
please contact your International Student Adviser.
Your Form I-20 must always be valid and show correct
- your current major at Northern Arizona
- your current financial support information
You must retain all I-20s you are issued from all schools
you attend for your records (even after you graduate), as you may need them in
Expiration date in Form I-20
The expiration date on your I-20 (shown in number 5 on your
I-20) is the date that your program of study in the United States ends.
However, you have a 60 day grace period beyond that date before you are required to leave the
United States. You may use this 60-day period to prepare for your departure or
to travel in the United States.
You will not be permitted to re-enter the United
States after leaving its borders,
even if it falls within this 60-day period.
Students who wish to gain employment in the United States following the completion of their program are still permitted to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) during the 60-day period. Contact your International Student Adviser for more information.
Form I-94 (arrival/departure form)
You must always have your current I-94 stapled into
your passport. If lost, you must obtain another copy from the Department of Homeland Security I-94 website.
You must always have a valid passport for at least six
months into the future. This means you should renew it about six months prior
to the expiration date. To renew your passport, contact your embassy in the United
States for instructions. You may be delayed when re-entering your home country
if your passport is expired.