Student Visa FAQs

The United States has historically attracted students from almost every country across the globe, but COVID-19 has posed challenges to universities and students alike. The pandemic continues to severely affect the ability of U.S. embassies and consulates around the world to be able to resume routine visa services. Necessary measures we implemented to contain the spread of COVID-19 drastically reduced our appointment capacity and, coupled with the global suspension of services last year and a renewed desire for travel by many people this year, created a significant backlog for all our appointments. The provision of services to U.S. citizens is the top priority of all consular sections. The current demand and existing backlog for U.S. passport and citizenship services in Sweden is such that we are currently unable to ​offer any appointments for routine nonimmigrant visas for the foreseeable future. We have had to cancel all routine visa services scheduled until the end of October. Please see the FAQ below to help determine if you can travel on an existing visa or take advantage of our interview waiver program to renew your visa without an in-person interview.

If your visa from your previous school is still valid, and you intend to return to study at a school other than the one from your original visa, you may travel to the United States with your original valid visa, and your I-20 from your new school. If you have received a new I-20 form with a new SEVIS number you must ensure that you have paid the appropriate I-901 (SEVIS) fee connected to your updated SEVIS number. The I-901 fee is paid through https://fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.html.

As long as the biographic data on your old and new passports match, your previous passport is from the same country as your current passport, and your previous visa is not canceled or altered in any way, then you are able to travel with your I-20 from your new school and both your current and expired passports.

If your visa is still in your passport and expired less than 48 months ago, you may be eligible to apply for a renewal by mail. See below.

No. If the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection Immigration Officer at the port-of-entry admitted you into the United States for a specific period of time, s/he will note your authorized period of stay on your admission stamp or paper Form I-94, called an Arrival/Departure Record. You will be able to remain in the United States during your authorized period of stay, even if your visa expires during the time you are in the United States.  You can check the date of your authorized period of stay and learn the answers to other I-94 FAQs on the official I-94 Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection website.

Look at your expired visa. You will see the SEVIS number listed under the “annotation” section. This number usually begins with “N00”. Compare that number to the SEVIS number on the I-20 form from your new school. If they match, then you can renew your visa by mail. Follow these instructions https://ustraveldocs.com/se/se-niv-visarenew.asp to renew by mail. The process can take a couple of weeks, and we recommend that you not purchase an airline ticket to the United States until you have your new visa in your passport.

If the SEVIS number from your previous visa does not match the SEVIS number on your new I-20, you may still be eligible to renew by mail if your major or course of study at your old school is the same as the major or course of study listed on the I-20 for your new school.  If that is the case, follow these instructions https://ustraveldocs.com/se/se-niv-visarenew.asp to apply to renew by mail. Your case will be reviewed to determine if we can issue you a new visa without an in-person interview. The process can take a couple of weeks and we recommend that you not purchase an airline ticket to the United States until you have your new visa in your passport. If we determine that you do not qualify for a mail in renewal, we will send your passport back to you.

If you do not meet the criteria above, you are not eligible to renew your visa by mail and you will require a visa interview before you can be issued a visa. Unfortunately, we do not have any availability for routine student appointments for the foreseeable future.

You should normally schedule an appointment for your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live, however, it may be possible to schedule an interview at another U.S. Embassy or Consulate. PLEASE NOTE: Many neighboring embassies and consulates have also been negatively impacted by COVID-19. If you would like to apply for a visa at another location, please refer to the website of that embassy or consulate to ensure that they are able to accommodate out-of-district applicants and are willing to see you.

You are still welcome to submit a visa application and request an appointment here in Stockholm even though we don’t have availability, but if you decide later to apply at another embassy or consulate, you will need to pay the application fee again.

If you have never had a student visa before, then you are required to submit an application and be interviewed in person.

Unfortunately, we do not have any availability for routine student appointments for the foreseeable future.

You should normally schedule an appointment for your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live, however, it may be possible to schedule an interview at another U.S. Embassy or Consulate. PLEASE NOTE: Many neighboring embassies and consulates have also been negatively impacted by COVID-19. If you would like to apply for a visa at another location, please refer to the website of that embassy or consulate to ensure that they are able to accommodate out-of-district applicants and are willing to see you.

You are still welcome to submit a visa application and request an appointment here in Stockholm even though we don’t have availability, but if you decide later to apply at another embassy or consulate, you will need to pay the application fee again.

No. Students with valid F or M visas and a valid I-20 form, may travel to the United States without notifying the Embassy to request an exception.