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FAQ for F-Nonimmigrants: Entry and Exit

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SEVP made every effort to provide complete answers to these common questions. However, each person’s individual circumstances differ. So while these questions and answers serve as a general guide, they may not provide all the information you need to determine whether it is appropriate to travel or whether you will be readmitted to the United States. You can contact your Designated School Official (DSO), your embassy or consulate, or your legal counsel for further assistance. Please remember that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the Port of Entry (POE) decides whether or not nonimmigrants are admitted to the United States. This decision is based upon the facts and circumstances presented at the time you apply to enter. SEVP cannot guarantee that you will be admitted or readmitted to the United States.

1. Initial Entry For Students (F-1 Nonimmigrants)

2. Reentry For F-1 Nonimmigrants Traveling Outside The United States For Five Months or Less

3. Renewing Your F-1 Student Visa

4. Reentry for F-1 Students or Conducting Research Abroad

5. Initial Entry for Spouses and Minor Children of F-1 Students (F-2 Nonimmigrants)

6. Reentry for F-2 Nonimmigrants

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