It is very important that you keep all of your immigration documents in a safe place. Mahanaim is required by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to keep a copy of these documents in your electronic student file. Be sure to provide Visa & Immigration Services with a copy of any renewed or updated immigration documents by submitting the Immigration Document Update form in accessVIS.
- Must be valid at least six months into the future.
- Report a lost or stolen passport to the police, as your home country government may require a police report before issuing a new passport.
- Renew or replace your passport by contacting your country’s U.S. Consulate or Embassy.
- Submit copies of your renewed or extended passport to Office of International Affairs.
SEVIS Form I-20
- A Form I-20 is issued by the U.S. school you attend and allows you to:
- Apply for an M-1 visa
- Enter or re-enter the U.S. to pursue your studies
- Receive other immigration benefits
- Must remain valid at all times throughout your study.
- You must request a new I-20 prior to the expiration date listed in your SEVIS Form I-20.
- Keep every I-20 issued to you. Do not discard old ones.
- Obtain a travel signature from your PDSO before departing the U.S., as you will be required to present it upon reentry. If your absence abroad exceeds more than 5 months, visit our Readmission page.
- Placed by a U.S. Consular official in your passport.
- Indicates that you are eligible to enter and/or re-enter the U.S. as an M-1 student.
- Does NOT determine your length of stay in the U.S.
- If your visa expires while you are in the U.S., it is not necessary to renew it as long as you remain in the country.
- Can only be granted at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate overseas.
I-94 Arrival/Departure Record
- If arriving by land or sea: a small white card stapled into your passport.
- If arriving by air: a stamp in your passport and an electronic record is created, issued by an immigration official at the port of entry.
- Along with a valid I-20, permits you to stay temporarily in the U.S. as an M-1 student.
- The immigration official should write “M-1 D/S” on your I-94 card or stamp. D/S stands for “duration of status” and refers to the length of time a student is permitted to remain temporarily in the U.S. to pursue a full course of study.
- You will receive a new stamp with a new admission number each time you enter the U.S. Exceptions include brief visits (30 days or less) under certain circumstances to Canada, Mexico and adjacent islands.
- Submit copies of your new admission stamp and electronic I-94 record through visiting Office of International Affairs.