You should keep your passport valid at all times. Your passport is your own government’s permit for you to leave and re-enter your own country. Most passports contain an expiration date. Consult your own consulate or embassy in the U.S. to renew your passport.
COVID-19 update: Due to the pandemic, there are delays in passport renewal services around the world. Make sure to provide the DGE with proof that you have requested passport renewal before your passport expires. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org proof fthat you have requested a renewal of your passport from your country's embassy in the U.S.
F-1 Visa Renewal
International students in the U.S. are generally admitted under the F-1 student visa classification. Under special circumstances, international students may also be admitted on J-1 sponsored student visa. Those who petition for F-1 or J-1 visas are admitted as a non-immigrants, and are granted temporary stays in the U.S. In order to apply for the F-1 visa, the prospective student must receive a SEVIS I-20.
COVID-19 update: Due to embassy closures, suspension or routine visa processing, and travel restrictions around the world, students with expired F-1 visas are strongly discouraged from traveling during the pandemic. Please note that under current USCIS regulations, you may remain in the U.S. with an expired F-1 visa, as long, as your I-20 is valid and you are maintaining your student status (enrolled full-time).
Your F-1 visa needs to be valid for entry to the U.S. but can expire during your enrollment at UL Lafayette if you stay in the U.S. If you are studying full-time at UL Lafayette with a valid F-1 status, you do NOT need to renew your F-1 visa while you are in the U.S. You only need to renew your F-1 visa if you plan to travel outside of the U.S. and return to the U.S. to study. If your F-1 visa expires before you travel outside of the U.S., you will need to apply for a new visa to re-enter the U.S. We strongly recommend that you renew your F-1 visa before completing your degree program as it will be very difficult to apply for a student visa once you have completed your program. Please note that F-1 visas cannot be renewed from within the U.S.
Process to Renew your U.S. Visa in a Country Other than Your Home Country (in a country where you DO NOT hold citizenship)
The U.S. Department of State also provides further information on the Visa Renewal process.