This information is designed to assist education abroad advisers as they guide their students to obtain a student visa to study abroad. Members of NAFSA's Consular Affairs Liaison (CAL) Subcommittee review these pages regularly for accuracy, but the consulate to which the student applies for a visa may change its procedures. Students and advisers should confirm specific procedures with each relevant consulate. Need more information on best practices for visa advising? Consider taking our eLearning Express course on Visa Advising for Education Abroad. NAFSA also publishes a student guide on obtaining a visa, "Student Visas: What You Need to Know Before You Go" which can be purchased in the NAFSA Shop as a single copy or in packs of 40.

Additional regulatory information relevant to education abroad professionals is available on NAFSA's Education Abroad Regulatory Practice page.

EA Visa Help

Submit a request to the Consular Affairs Liaison Subcommittee for help with U.S. student visa issues for education abroad programs.

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COVID-19 EA Immigration Considerations

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The latest requirements for acquisition of foreign visas for study abroad

Applying for a Student Visa
Processing Time
Changing Visas While Abroad
Problems with Visa Applications
Obtaining a Second Passport