Students from certain countries may require a visa to enter Canada, Mexico, or the contiguous Caribbean islands. Check the links below to determine whether or not you need a visa and, if yes, how to apply for that visa.
After initial entry to the US, an F-1 student who has a single-entry visa or an expired multiple-entry visa may re-enter the U.S. without obtaining a new visa under the following conditions:
Automatic revalidation does not apply if you travel to any other country before returning to the U.S. or apply for a new U.S. visa in Canada, Mexico, or the adjacent islands. If you apply for a new visa* [renewing your visa], you must wait until that visa is returned to you to re-enter the U.S.
Please speak to your DSO if you have further questions about automatic revalidation.
Applying for a visa in a country adjacent to the U.S. can be a difficult process if you are not a citizen of that country. Please speak to your DSO before making plans to apply for a visa while inside an adjacent country.
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