Hub Page View: Applying for a Visa Before you begin the visa application process, you must have the following documents: Employment There are limited opportunities for F-1 students to work while studying. Please review the information below and request employment permission as outlined. Maintaining Legal Status It is important that you maintain lawful F-1 status while in the U.S. There are some simple steps you can take to ensure that your stay in the U.S. remains valid. Traveling All international students, scholars and family members planning to depart from the U.S. and return after a temporary absence must have a valid passport in order to exit the U.S. Transferring To Yale If you have been admitted to a new U.S. school, it may be possible to transfer your F-1 SEVIS record from your current school to Yale. Spouses, Partners & Children Spouses and children (under 21 and unmarried) of F-1 students hold F-2 status and may accompany you (or join you later) in the U.S. provided you demonstrate that there are sufficient financial resources for their support.