Salim asked, “I had got US f1 visa for fall 2009 but because of some personal problem I was not able to go for fall term, now I have the fresh I-20 of the same university for Spring 2010, I have doubt about my visa, is it valid or not for spring term and what type of difficulty it will create at US immigration counter in airport and what precaution I should take to handle that problem…”
Quick answer, you do not have to worry about anything. You can come to US for Spring 2010 with new I20 from school. Whenever someone gets US visa, there are three entries on the US visa stamp in passport that are very important to watch for.
- Issue Date
- Expiration Date
Issues Date : This tells you when the US visa was issued
Expiration Date : It states when the US visa is set to expire. Typical duration of 2 to 5 years.
Entries : It tells how many times you can enter. Single or Multiple. If it says ‘M’, it means multiple entries. You can go to India and come back between the issue and expiration date any number of times.
As long as you have a fresh I-20 for spring 2010 you are good to come here. Visa entitles you to come to US between the issue and expiration dates with entries stated. Because the entries are listed as M, students typically come to India for December holidays and then come back to US for spring. It is the same concept! The only thing I recommend is, you should have a reason prepared or stated with proof, if possible, about why you could not make it for fall 2009. It could be health related or any other family related. As long as you can explain the immigration officer at port of entry your genuine reasons, there is nothing you need to worry about