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Important Passport Information

You must have a valid passport in your possession at least 3 months prior to the start date of your study abroad program. If you do not already have a passport, you should apply for one as soon as possible. Please be aware that it can take an average of 6-8 weeks processing time.

If you do have a passport, be sure to check the expiration date. For many countries, your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the last day you plan to be in the country. If your passport expires before that date, it must be renewed.

Link: U.S. Passport Application or Renewal

*International students should research passport renewal for their country of citizenship and be aware of how renewal may impact their U.S. student visa.

Do you need a Visa?

Visa requirements vary by host country and country of citizenship. It is your responsibility to determine if you need a visa, and you should contact your program/university abroad for more information. If you will need a visa, begin the application process as soon as you receive the necessary paperwork from your study abroad program/university. Do not put this off until the last minute! The application process for visas can often take longer than anticipated (at least 4 - 6 weeks). The resources linked below can also help you navigate the visa application process.

Link:U.S. Department of State Visa Information

NAFSA: Visas For Education AbroadYale

Travel Management Visa Information

*International Students should meet with OISS advisers to discuss their visa status.

CIBT Visas

If you would like to use a third party service instead of going to the embassy or consulate in person, one option is to use CIBT Visas. Students can log in with the Yale account number (40634) to get the Yale discount. Confirm with CIBT that, based on your immigration status, you are eligible to use a third party service and do not need to apply for the visa in person. If you use CIBT, we recommend that you use their online (instead of paper) application and use your own shipping label to avoid unnecessary costs.

Link: CIBT Visas

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