Renewing your F-1 student visa

Entry visas can only be issued outside of the United States.

If there are no extenuating circumstances, Champlain College recommends that you renew your F-1 student visa in your home country.

We also strongly encourage you to:

  • Apply and schedule an appointment in advance before you leave the U.S.
  • Double-check the U.S. embassy website for the country where you will be renewing your visa to confirm their process (visa interview required or mail-in visa application opportunities) and identify what documents are required.

Standard documents necessary for renewal:

  • Valid Passport (at least 6 months into the future)
  • DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application
  • Current Form I-20 (updated with new finances and endorsed for travel)
  • All previous Forms I-20
  • New proof of funding
  • Transcripts from Champlain College and any other previous institutions
  • Proof of compelling ties to your home country
  • Letter from your P/DSO in support of your renewal
  • SEVIS I-901 receipt (from your first visa interview)
  • Any fees that might apply and receipt for them