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How to Get a New Visa

If you have been admitted to TTU and are outside the US or if you are a current student at TTU and your visa has expired, you need to get a new visa from a U.S. consulate or embassy when you travel, You can't apply for a new visa inside the U.S. Please note that current students only need a visa for travel. Expired visas are not a problem unless you need to travel outside the US and will re-enter. Learn about the complete list of documents you need to compile for your new visa application at the U.S. government web sited where you will apply. Visit www.ustraveldocs.com. This site provides links to embassy and consulates around the world.

To Better Prepare

You may also want to read the Department of State information on visa denials, and tips on how to apply for a visa. You can also review information on how to make a visa appointment and check on visa wait times. If you have applied for a visa and have been waiting for more than one month for the results of a security advisory opinion, be sure to let your international student counselor at ISSS know.

The information below is also covered in the ISSS presentation on How to Get a Visa:

Items for your visa application include the following:

(Please check the web site for the Embassy where you will be applying for specific requirements and information).

An unexpired passport valid at least six months into the future.


Proof of financial support as reflected on the I-20 or DS-2019. This may include personal or family bank statements, affidavits of support, or copies of your fellowship or scholarship letter.


Documents to show that you were admitted to TTU (admissions letter). Only for those who are applying for their first visa as a TTU student.

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A valid I-20 or DS-2019 (signed for travel, if you are a continuing student applying for a new visa)

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A copy of your academic transcripts (official or unofficial). This is only for continuing students at TTU or those who attended other schools in the US prior to beginning at TTU.



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