I am an international student from Nepal joining University of Toledo the coming fall. I haven't made any international travels till now. I have US F1 visa stamped on page 9 leaving earlier pages blank. What could be its significance?


The first time you use a US visa to enter the US, the CBP officer will stamp your admission, and will then place a second stamp across both passport pages, the one containing the visa and its facing page, so that the stamp crosses the edge of the visa and the passport binding. So the consulate will try to place the visa on a page where the facing page is blank. Otherwise there is no significance to which page is used.

Note that in many countries' passports, the first several pages are used by the issuing country for your personal data page and general information, so it's possible that page 9 (and its facing page) are the first available pages for visas and other stamps. In my US passport, for instance, the first pages usable for visas/stamps are facing pages 8 and 9.

  • OP specifically said, "leaving earlier pages blank." – WGroleau Jun 13 '19 at 1:32
  • @WGroleau Indeed! I did see that. – Michael Hampton Jun 13 '19 at 2:17
  • I have my earlier pages blank, sir. – Sandeep Jun 13 '19 at 2:18
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    @Sandeep There is still no significance to which page was chosen for the visa. – Michael Hampton Jun 13 '19 at 2:19

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