What happens if I fail to maintain legal status?
Students holding an F-1 visa are required to maintain legal status at all times. This is done by the following: enrolling on full-time basis; keeping a valid passport at all times while in the United States; avoiding unauthorized employment; and making normal academic progress toward their degree/certificate.
Students who fail to maintain their F-1 status may be able apply for reinstatement of their status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Office of Immigration Services will evaluate the circumstances in which the student fell out of status; only those who are able to prove that the circumstances were beyond the student's control will be considered for the reinstatement process. Students who have been out of status for more than five (5) months will not be eligible for reinstatement.
What is required for a reinstatement application?
The Office of Immigration Services will require the following for all reinstatement applications:
Please Note: Allow at least 5 business days for processing. Once a decision has been made on behalf of the Office of Immigration Services, the student will be emailed with instructions on proceeding.
What documents should I bring to a reinstatement meeting with the Office of Immigration Services?
All students are required to schedule and attend an appointment with the Office of Immigration Services before a Reinstatement I-20 will be issued.
Documents to be reviewed by the ISSO and to be sent to USCIS:
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