Visa Status, Renewals, or Problems
Find out how to check your visa status and how you can renew, extend or change a visa. If your visa or arrival/departure record is lost or stolen, find information on what steps to take for getting another one. Also, learn what you can do if your visa application is denied.
Check the Status of a Visa Application
To check on the status of your U.S. Visa application:
U.S. consular officers have decision-making authority regarding nonimmigrant visa applications. If your application is denied, ask the consular officer to explain why. If your application was denied, you are not eligible to reapply for a visa, but can apply for a waiver instead.
How to Change, Extend, or Renew a U.S. Visa
Visa Changes (Adjustments) and Extensions
Contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to find out if you can:
You must renew your visa at a U.S. Embassy or consulate abroad. Only diplomatic visa holders and their dependents may renew them in the United States.
Loss or Theft of a Visa or Arrival/Departure Record
If you lost your visa or the Arrival/Departure Records (a Form I-94) to enter the U.S., the Bureau of Consular Affairs has guidance on reporting and re-issuance of travel documents:
- File a police report and get the number of the report and the officer's name.
- Request replacement of a lost/stolen arrival/departure record (Form I-94).
- Report the lost/stolen visa or Form I-94 to your embassy.
- Report and apply for a replacement of your visa lost/stolen to the U.S. Embassy or consulate abroad.
Important Tip: Make a copy of your passport biographic page, U.S. visa and admission stamp or your I-94 admission number.
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Last Updated: March 23, 2020