When you have been granted full-acceptance to DBU and have shown financial documents (Joint Certificate/Sponsor Statement) proving that you have adequate resources to support your studies at DBU for at least one academic year, the International Admissions and Immigration Office will issue you a Form I-20. You must take the Form I-20, Form I-901, acceptance letter, financial documents, and a valid passport to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that has jurisdiction over your place of permanent residence and apply for a student visa at DBU. Visit the Visa Information page for more information.
Maintaining your visa status allows you to be granted immigration benefits like Optional Practical Training (OPT). A visa with a specific expiration date is not an assurance that you will be able to stay in the U.S. Your right to stay in the U.S. may be forfeited at any time if you violate the regulations of your visa status.
In order to maintain your status, you must:
The USCIS website provides more information about maintaining your status.
No. For more information about visa applications visit the Department of State website.
Yes, but the Department of State recommends that you apply for a visa in your home country. For more information about visa application visit the Visa Renewal section.
Before you travel to a country other than yours to renew your visa, contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
If you exit the United States and apply for a visa, you cannot return to the United States until the visa is issued. This could require a lengthy stay. If the visa is denied, you will not be able to return to the United States as a student.
Yes, in some cases, you can. Contact the individual U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Canada or Mexico. However, you cannot return to the United States until your visa is issued. If the visa is denied, you will not be able to return to the United States as a student. You can visit the Visa Renewal section of the site for detailed information.
Automatic visa revalidation allows most F-1 students to take a trip of less than thirty days to countries sharing a border with the United States and reenter on an expired visa provided you have proper documentation and have not applied for a new visa during the visit. This process revalidates your visa (making it eligible for the single trip), but does not renew it.
SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) is a computerized government system that maintains data about foreign students and exchange visitors during their stay in the U.S.
SEVIS enables schools and program sponsors to transmit information and even notifications via the Internet to USCIS and the Department of State. DBU is required to register students in SEVIS every semester. For this reason, every student must register for a full course load every semester and the International Admissions and Immigration Office will register that student in SEVIS.
Some of the events that DBU must report via SEVIS are as follows:
No, you only need to apply one time. DBU has a unique acceptance policy which allows students to submit a single application for IEP and an academic program.
Scholarships for international students are limited. Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information.
An international student is eligible to receive a Social Security Number only if that student has a job offer. All on-campus employment must be approved by the International Admissions and Immigration Office before the student can begin working.
You must apply for a Texas Driver's License in person at the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) office.
Please visit the Employment page for more information on employment.
You must not allow your passport to expire. If your passport expires, you will be out of status. Please refer to the General Guidelines for more information.
If your visa has expired, your status in the U.S. is not necessarily affected. Your status is linked to the validity of your passport, I-94 card, I-20 expiration date, and maintaining a full academic course load. Please visit the U.S. Department of State site for more information.
An immediate family member is a child under the age of 21 or a married spouse of the F-1 student. In order for a family member to join you, he/she (they) must request an F-2 I-20 in order to apply for an F-2 visa. Please contact the International Admissions & Immigration Office for details.