As of May 20, 2011, qualified Iranian applicants for visas in the F, J, and M categories for non-sensitive, non-technical
fields of study and research and their dependents will be eligible to receive two-year, multiple-entry visas. This is an
increase in the current visa validity of three months, single entry.
This change will allow Iranian students and exchange visitors to travel more easily, furthering our goal of promoting the free
flow of information and ideas. This important decision is being taken as the global community witnesses the Iranian
Government’s increasing censorship and isolation of its own people.
Iranians currently in the United States on a three-month, single-entry visa in one of these categories must reapply outside
the United States at a consular post in order to obtain two-year, multiple-entry visas. Keep in mind that the validity of a visa
refers to the time period the visa holder has to enter the U.S. It has no bearing on the length of stay permitted by U.S.
Customs and Border Protection officials at the port of entry. Iranian students and exchange visitors in good standing in the
United States do not need to apply for a new visa until after they depart the United States.