A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States for the purpose of studying at Adelphi University must first obtain a valid F-1 student visa.

This F-1 student visa can be acquired at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country or residence and is placed in your valid passport. International travelers who are citizens of Canada, Bermuda and meet all necessary requirements are eligible to travel to the United States without a visa.

New Students (Initial Status I-20 Forms)

Unless visa exempt, a student must have a valid F-1 visa in order to be admitted to the United States in F-1 nonimmigrant status. An F-1 visa can be issued no more than 120 days before the reporting date listed on Form I-20, but a student can enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days before I-20 program start date.

Transfer Students (Transfer Pending I-20 Forms)

All transfer procedures must be met for a valid transfer from one SEVIS approved school to another (i.e. invalid status, transfer between schools is within 5 months of transfer release or program / OPT completion). If you are eligible for a valid SEVIS transfer and have a valid F-1 visa matching the school name on your transfer out I-20, you will not need to apply for a new visa. You can use your current valid visa for travel and re-entry. If your F-1 visa is no longer valid and you are outside the United States, you must apply for a valid F-1 visa. In the situation of a valid transfer, you are eligible to enter the United States more than 30 days prior to your program start date.

Progressing Students (Change of Level Forms)

If you have been issued a change of educational level I-20 form and have a valid F-1 visa for Adelphi University you will not need to apply for a new visa. You can use your current valid visa for travel and re-entry. If your F-1 visa is no longer valid and you are outside the United States, you must apply for a valid F-1 visa. In the situation of a valid transfer, you are eligible to enter the United States more than 30 days prior to your program start date.

Continuing Students (Filing for a Visa extension)

If your F-1 visa is no longer valid, and you intend on traveling outside the U.S., you must file for a new visa at the U.S. Consulate in your country of permanent residency.

Visa Appointment Wait Times

Advance travel planning and early visa application are important. If you plan to apply for a nonimmigrant visa to come to the United States as a temporary visitor, please review the current wait time for an interview using this tool.
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