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Options – F1 Visa Stamping Delayed – Defer, Transfer, Wait for Next Semester

What would you do if your F1 Visa stamp is delayed due to Administrative Processing?

Perhaps, you got the F1 Visa, but the deadline to report to the camps has come and gone.

That’s what this F1 visa applicant wants to know.

I got my F1 Visa for Spring semester just one weak before after administrative processing under 221g. But, When I got my visa my university reporting time is over and university has differed my admission to next upcoming fall semester as there is no Summer intake in my university.

Could you please advise me can I enter into the US for my Fall intake with the visa that I got now. I am willing to go to the same university for which Visa is issued.

I can think of two possible solutions.

  1. Request for additional time to enter the USA and get a letter
  2. Defer Admission to next semester
  3. Attend different university for Spring Semester and then transfer to your top school

Request Additional Time

Universities will try to accommodate you for delayed start date by up to 14 days.

Some universities, will not encourage delayed arrival on campus by an International student.

I have picked-up students from the Airport while studying in UT Arlington on the day of the Internatio0nal Student Orientation.

You have to ask your University for options. If they can’t accommodate you, then you have no other choice.

F1 Visa Stamped. College Started

  1. Confirm if your admission is deferred.
  2. Get a new I-20 for Fall Semester
  3. You can travel to the same university with existing visa stamping.

Attend Different University

  • You have to understand how to enter the US with the stamp for different school
  • Once you have successfully entered the US, complete one semester, then you can transfer to the other school

If you want to know, how to make this work, please schedule a consulting call and we can discuss in detail.

Till then you can do the following to make your life easier in the USA

You are not going to get to spend so much time with your family for the next few years while in the USA. So, make use of every minute and have fun.


  1. Dray on June 25, 2018 at 5:31 PM

    Got admitted into university of Illinois MS Actuarial but was denied visa with school to resume on August 20. Reason for denial: No strong attachment to home country despite being married with two kids which I disclosed.
    If I reapply what chance do I stand to get visa approved? Also thinking of deferring admission till spring or summer…please advise…me

  2. simple on June 3, 2014 at 4:51 AM

    Hi Raghu,

    I had applied for course and got visa for the same in early March 2014. My course was starting in March end but I could not report because of family problem and defer my admission to June 2014 and got new I-20 for the same now I wish to go for next intake which is September 2014 for which I will get new I-20. I am also willing to go to the same university and course for which Visa is issued.Is My visa still valid or I have to apply for visa again since I have heard visa is only valid for 5 months from the stamping date.

  3. Ravi on April 25, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Hey even I faced a similar problem where my visa was delayed and I had to defer my admission to fall 2011. I got a new I20 from the same university with the same Sevis number.
    Do i have to notify the us consulate about my visa delay and my new I20 so that I can travel for fall on the same university??

  4. pavan on April 25, 2011 at 2:48 AM

    I got admitted into Western Michigan University for Spring 2011 semester . I got my visa also on Dec 28 2010…But due to some health problems i deferred my admission to Fall 2011 semester .For that i got my new fall semester i20 with the same Sevis number ..

    So im planning to go to USA on August 1st week. my question is , will i face any problem at immigration check because of ‘ 8 months ‘ delay after getting VISA?

    My sevis is activated upto nov 12th 2011..

  5. ranish on February 14, 2011 at 6:41 AM


    i have wrote tofel last month and i have got less score and i have sent those score to 4 universities also again i am planning to write it next week and if i will get more score this time and will send same score to those same universities will it creat any problem that first score was less and second time score was more .

    will this creat any problem

  6. Sridevi on February 13, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Hello Sir,

    I am done with my Toefl and I got 80 Sir.I have already applied for this Fall 2011.But i dint write my GRE.Can I apply to MS without writing my GRE sir.Please help me.5 months back I have written my GRE without studying and got 750.Can you please advice me Sir what should I do further?

    • vinod on April 21, 2011 at 1:42 AM



  7. Abuzar Ahmed on February 12, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Hi ,

    Make sure that along with the new I-20 you have a letter, which states that you are admitted for Fall 2011. This is because sometimes you may require this as a proof to show at the immigration. This way you avoid a lot of unnecessary questions.

    Congrats and enjoy your stay.

  8. vins on February 12, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    Bro i think your are lucky.

    6 mnths doesn't matter. u got the crux.

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