I am a Japanese citizen who was recently admitted to a Ph.D. program in the United States and now I need to get an F-1 visa. I will have an interview in June, and there is one thing I am worried about.
The website of the embassy states that I need:
A passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions).
My I-20 says that the length of the program is 6 years, but my passport is only valid for 4 years. So I wrote in my DS-160 that my intended length of stay is 4 years.
However, this seems to suggest that I am not supposed to have the discrepancy, and I also heard that some people got rejected their visas for a similar reason(intended stay length is longer than stated in I-20).
I asked the embassy about this, but they responded that "the six months rule is not the case for your country", which does not seem to be related to my issue at all.
I also tried to renew my passport, but the local official said that it is legally not possible.
Should I rewrite my DS-160 to match the length? or should I not do anything at all?
Edit: I got through the interview. I rewrote my DS-160 to 5 years(I don’t know what I was thinking about). As the comment said, it’s pretty likely that it didn’t matter at all, so as the answer said, I didn’t even need to cut off my answer.