1. A F1 visa cannot be renewed or re-issued in the US. This can only be done at an embassy or consulate abroad. It is NOT possible to obtain F1 visa while in the United States.Originally posted by Eurydice@Feb 11 2006, 09:48 PM
The VISA Question: Eternal Headache
Hey guys, our F1 visa 'expires' after a year. So if we leave the States in the summer, that would be after the expiration date. Do we need to re-new our visa in order to re-enter the US? And if so, do we have to go back to VN to do it, or is there an easier way? Someone suggested that summer study technically is counted as part of our full-time student studying stint, but I'm not sold yet ... 0_o
2. If your visa expires while you are in the US, you will be in legal student status as long as you are a full-time student. You don't have to renew the F1 visa if you don't leave the US. Each year, your I-20 is signed by a designated school official (foreign or international student advisor). In order for the foreign student advisor to sign the I-20, you must be in good academic standing.
3. If you want to leave the US and your F1 visa will be expired by the time you return, bring the I-20 to the advisor around 2 weeks before you plan to leave the US. This makes sure your I-20 is valid in SEVIS by the time you return because the immigration officer at the port of entry will check the system to make sure your I20 is valid even though you have a valid F1 visa.
4. If you want to renew your F1 visa from China (third-country), it is very difficult because now new regulations perhaps eliminate this possibility. It is best to apply for a new F-1 visa in VN (home country). You will travel back from China to VN and have F1 visa renewed.