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I heard that for some cases, the F-1 visa holder doesn't have to renew his visa if the visa is expired. But how about the following cases after the visa was expired?

  • The holder transfers from a college to a college.

  • The holder moves from an undergrad school to a grad school of different university.

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A US visa is only for entry to the US. If the person does not need to enter the US, then they do not need a valid US visa. (That's also why US visas can only be gotten outside the US.) A US visa has no bearing on the person's status after entering the US.

A person who is already in the US in F-1 status can transfer to different schools as much as they want as long as they get an I-20 from the new school. They will remain in F-1 status. A visa has nothing to do with it.

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