Renewing Expired Passport
In order to maintain your student status in the United States you are required to have a valid, unexpired passport. Please safekeep your passport and important papers, and plan ahead so if needed you can renew your passport with the least possible disruption for you.
You may wish to consider getting a Minnesota ID so you do not have to carry your passport as frequently. We suggest you keep a copy of your important papers (passport, visa, I-94, I-20, etc) in a safe place, and if you also provide a copy to us we can keep it in your student file.
If you lose your passport or need to renew it, please contact the government that issued your passport in order to renew it. Each government has different policies and procedures for renewing or replacing passports. Find out what those are, along with the estimated time needed. Most countries handle passport renewals and replacements for students in the U.S. through their embassies in Washington.
Find your embassy with these lists:
• U.S. Department of State
You should always keep a copy of your old passport and your I-94 arrival/departure card when you send your passport to be renewed. In fact, try to keep the original and send a copy. You should do whatever you can to complete the renewal process quickly and conveniently.
Things to Consider:
• If you will be applying for a job or accepting employment your original passport may be required
• If you will be obtaining a state ID card or driving license your original passport may be required
• If you are applying for a social security card or duplicate card your original passport may be required
• There may be other circumstances where your original passport is required.
When you receive your new passport, try to keep your old one as your visa is in it. The first time you travel outside the United States with your new passport, you may have to obtain a new visa.