Hub Page View: Applying for Your Initial U.S. Visa See the Getting Started section or click here to learn how to apply for your initial U.S. visa. Visa, Immigration Status, and Entry Stamp Learn about what these terms mean, and what the differences are between them. Renewing or Applying for a New Visa After your visa expires, you must renew or apply for a new one it if you plan to return to the U.S. Visa Delays & Denials Delays and denials related to visa applications, as well as resources for people in this situation. For Canadian Citizens Canadian students have different requirements and regulations than those from other countries. J-2 Visas for Dependents The spouse/partner and dependent children of the J-1 Student Exchange Visitor are eligible for J-2 status and may use this status to accompany their family member to the U.S.