Visa Process for Students

Congratulations on your admission to Yale!  OISS will begin processing the visa documents for newly admitted students in late March after we have confirmation of the of the budget for the coming year and have all the information from your school. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our office using this email address set up specifically for new students:

Yale College students should contact their designated adviser at

Important Note:
Do not book a flight until you have your visa in hand.

COVID-19 Considerations

The worldwide outbreak of the COVID-19 virus currently presents many challenges to the process of obtaining a U.S. visa and traveling to Yale to begin your studies. We are hopeful that both visa issuance and air travel will return to normal so that you can arrive at Yale for the Fall semester. Please know that both OISS and Yale University are closely monitoring the COVID-19 global health emergency and will stay in close communication with you about any updates or changes. 

Please read our FAQs for newly admitted students, and find more resources on our COVID-19 page.

Preliminary Steps

Apply for Your Visa

For Canadians Special Note For Canadians:
You do not need to apply for a U.S. visa.

Once you have your SEVIS number, you can start the visa application by completing the DS-160 online application and scheduling an appointment at the embassy or consulate. Follow the links below to learn more.

Currently in the U.S.?

If you are currently in F-1 status, see F-1 transfer information.

Yale College students who are currently in a nonimmigrant status other than F-1, should send an email to with their name and information about their current status.

Next Steps

Follow the instructions below depending on your visa type.