The process for renewing your visa is the same application process as when you applied for your first F-1 visa. You will need to have the following documentation ready for your visa application and interview:
1. Passport (must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the U.S.
2. Most recent and up to date UCSB I-20, with valid travel signature
3. Bank statement approved by your bank showing you have the minimum required funds to support your stay in the U.S. For funding requirements please see: http://oiss.sa.ucsb.edu/students/newly-admitted/financial-requirements. If bank statement is in a parent or relatives name please also submit a letter of support signed by the person providing the funding.
4. Transcripts (Please request from the Registrar’s office): http://registrar.sa.ucsb.edu/trans.aspx
5. Proof of Enrollment Letter verifying your full-time enrollment at UCSB. You can request an Enrollment Verification letter from OISS by submitting the Letter Request Form: http://oiss.sa.ucsb.edu/docs/default-source/Students/general-forms/letterrequest_form.pdf?sfvrsn=2
6. Non-Immigrant Visa Application information page: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/study-exchange/student.html
7. Passport size photo: more information please see: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/photos.html
8. Application of payment receipt (if you are required to pay before your interview)
Please keep in mind processing times vary from country to country (http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/wait-times.html) and can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to process. Students should only try to renew their visa when they have the time to do so. The earliest you can renew your visa is six months before the current visa expires.
For more detailed explanation about renewing your visa and information about the visa interview, please visit the U.S. Department of State website: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/study-exchange/student.html