F-1 visa expired

Hi,I’m an international student and my
F1 visa has expired last May but I have
been issued a new I-20 from the
university I’m transferring to. Am I
out of status? Am I still legal to stay
in the US? I recently got married, how
do I change my last name?

Asked on August 23, 2016 under Immigration Law, Michigan

Answers:

SB Member California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If you have a valid I-20 you are in valid status.  The visa is only needed for entry to the US; it does not determine your status once you are in the US.  The I-20 would do that in your case.  You cannot renew your visa within the US but you do not need to.  The next time you travel internationally, prior to returning to the US you will need to get a new visa at the US Embassy/Consulate and use the valid I-20 as the basis for the new visa.


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