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Going to graduate school...do I need to go back to my home country and get a new visa?

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I have recently graduated college in the US (June 3rd). I am in the 60 day grace period right now. I had applied to graduate school and have recently received my I-20 from the graduate school I applied to (after I graduated college). Do I have to return to my home country to get a new visa or can I simply stay here and continue with graduate school since I have my I-20 from the new school? Also, if I choose to visit my country over the summer next year, will I have to get a student visa then? My I-94 from college was stamped D/S.

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I am not sure about the first part of your question but if you return to your home country you will definitely need to apply for a new student visa in order to travel freely!


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