|Contact Information for Office of International Students and Scholars|
Fitzgerald Student Services Building
|Address||1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557-0074
All international students coming to study in the United States must hold valid student visas (F-1 or J-1). * To apply for a visa, please contact the nearest U.S consulate and schedule your visa interview. The State Department's Visa website provides links to various consulates around the world and other up to date information related to visa processing. Please keep in mind that you can apply for a visa up to 3 months prior to the program start date on your I-20/DS-2019 form and arrive in the U.S. up to 30 days prior to that date. Many students experience long delays in visa processing, therefore, it is important to apply ahead of time. Please contact the U.S. consulate nearest you for specific information regarding scheduling of visa interviews, procedures, processing times, and visa fees.
*Please note that citizens of Canada are exempt from the visa requirement. Canadian admission to the U.S. is granted at the port of entry by presenting an I-20/ DS-2019 form, proof of funding, proof of payment of the SEVIS fee, admission letter and passport to the immigration officer. Canadian landed immigrants must, however, apply for a student visa at the U.S. consulate.
The following documentation is required when applying for a student visa:
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires all new international students to pay the SEVIS fee. This fee is being collected to fund the operation of SEVIS, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. Please Note: the fee must be paid prior to your visa appointment and you must present the proof of payment at your visa appointment. Only F-1 and J-1 students are required to pay the fee, dependents are exempt. The SEVIS fee should be paid directly to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at least 3 days prior to applying for a visa and it cannot be paid at the consulate! Go to I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Fee website for fee and payment information. There are 3 ways to pay:
In all cases DHS will mail an official paper receipt (Form I-797) which you should keep and present at the port of entry. If you are unable to make this payment, another person (a friend or family member) can pay the fee on your behalf. Please note that DHS will not refund the SEVIS fee if you are not granted a visa or choose not to come to the U.S. The proof of payment is valid for 12 months during which you can re-apply for a visa.
Students must arrive in the United States no later than the reporting date indicated in section 5 of the Form I-20 or section 3 of the Form DS-2019. If you attempt to enter after the reporting date, you may be denied entry.
Upon arrival in the U.S., you must show your passport, entry visa, Form I-20 or Form DS-2019, and evidence of financial support to the immigration official. If you intend to enroll in courses at the University of Nevada, Reno, it is important that you present the Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 issued to you by the University. Do not present an I-20 or DS-2019 issued by another institution.
When you are admitted to the United States, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer will scan your passport in order to generate an electronic arrival record for you. The CBP has the electronic Form I-94 available on their website. You may visit this website to print the electronic I-94 when needed. We advise that you check your electronic I-94 after your arrival to verify all the information is correct. If any of the information is incorrect, please see an OISS advisor as soon as possible.
If arriving by land, a paper Form I-94 will be issued and your information will not be available electronically. CBP will stamp the inside of your passport and Form I-94. Keep both your Form I-94 and Form I-20 in a secure place and be sure to bring them with you to your check-in meeting at OISS.
If you are currently enrolled as an F-1 or J-1 student at another institution located within the United States, you must "transfer" your immigration status to the University's F-1 or J-1 program. This can be done in 2 ways:
A dependent spouse and/or unmarried minor children (under 21) may accompany an F-1 or J-1 student to the United States. With certain exceptions, dependents must also hold valid entry visas. Please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to obtain specific instructions on how your spouse and/or children may obtain "F-2 or J-2" entry visas. In general, your spouse and dependent children will be accorded F-2 or J-2 visas provided they establish that they have sufficient funds to cover their expenses and that they intend to leave the U.S. upon the termination or completion of your F-1 or J-1 student status.
It is your responsibility to learn and obey U.S. immigration regulations. Please read carefully the "Instructions to Students" on page 2 of your Form I-20 or page 2 of your DS-2019, which outlines the most basic rules. Please note that failure to comply with immigration regulations will result in the loss of your student status.
The OISS provides a variety of services to the University's international student and scholar community. Advisors coordinate check-in meetings and provide visa services; develop cultural, educational, and social programs; and offer other support services, including health insurance advisement and taxpayer education.