Due to security checks, the period of Winter/Spring Break may not be long enough to receive clearance AND a renewed visa to come back for the first day of classes. The Department of State recommends that students apply for a visa in their home country.
If your passport is expired, you have 5 years from the date of expiration to renew it without going through the new passport procedure.
The user fills out the renewal form, puts it in the envelope with his most recent passport and then drops it in any mailbox.
The State Department charges 0 to renew a passport within the standard time frame (about six weeks, according to Cocks), and 0 for an expedited one.
Students/scholars may stay in the US on an expired F-1/J-1 visa as long as they maintain their immigration status by being in possession of a valid I-20/DS-2019 and an I-94 Arrival/Departure record. Once students/scholars have made a visa interview appointment at a US embassy/consulate abroad, they should review the embassy/consulate’s website for details on the visa renewal process including required documents.
If students/scholars are traveling and will not use automatic revalidation to re-enter the US, they must have a valid visa. Students/scholars are also able to check on the visa wait times for a specific US embassy/consulate through the US Department of State website.
All non-immigrants in the US are required to maintain a valid passport at all times.
“In each of these cases, the customer would need to apply for a new passport rather than a renewal.” The Its Easy app provides guidelines for taking a passport photo with your smartphone, and a gauge to help ensure that faces are sized to the proper dimensions.