Reinstatement to F-1 Student Status
The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services recognizes that students may encounter difficulties
while pursuing their educational objectives in the U.S., and, therefore,
established a procedure for reviewing the circumstances surrounding
your violation of status. This process is called Reinstatement to
Requirements for Reinstatement to F-1 Student Status
may not apply for reinstatement if:
- You have been in violation of status for more
than 5 months. Only individuals who can demonstrate that their
failure to apply for reinstatement in a timely manner was due
to extraordinary circumstances will be considered for reinstatement.
- You have a history of repeated violations of
- You have been unlawfully employed in the U.S.
Individuals who have accepted employment without prior authorization
from the OIS or the USCIS are ineligible for reinstatement.
- You are in removal proceedings from the U.S.
If you are engaged in deportation procedures, you are not eligible
to apply for reinstatement.
may apply for reinstatement to the USCIS, if you can demonstrate
- The violation resulted from circumstances beyond
your control. Such circumstances would include, but are
not limited to:
- Serious illness or injury
- Closure of school
- Natural disaster
- If you
are not granted reinstatement to F-1 status and have to interrupt
or terminate studies, it would result in extreme hardship.
show that you fulfill at least one of these requirements by completing
a Request for Consideration for Reinstatement and the form 1-539
and submitting it with the supporting documentation to the Office
of International Services.
for writing the Request for Consideration for Reinstatement to Student
the most important part of your application! You must write a clear
explanation of the circumstances, which caused you to violate your
F-1 status. Remember that you are seeking to convince the immigration
officer that you have a valid or understandable reason for the violations,
that s/he will “forgive” it and reinstate you F-1 status.
If this is your first violation of F-1 status and/or you have always
been a full-time student, state that in your request.
have evidence to support your request. You may have a transcript
or grade report to show that you were going to school full-time;
or proof that you were taking or preparing for professional or entrance
examinations; or a person who could write a supporting letter of
explanation; or newspaper articles. If you have any such evidence,
mention it in your “Request for Consideration” and attach
it to that form.
Procedures (PLEASE DO NOT STAPLE YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS)
for reinstatement to the USCIS, complete and submit all
of the following documents to the Office of International Services
- Form G-1145 (http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/g-1145.pdf)
- A completed form I-539. Read the I-539 Instructions carefully.
- Attachment to Form 1-539 – Request for
Consideration for Reinstatement to the Student Status. Click
- Proof of financial support. This documentation
may be no more than 3 months old.
- Photocopies of all previously issued I-20 forms,
including those issued by another institution of higher
- Original Form I-94.
- $290.00 fee in the form of a check or money order
payable to U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.
- Photocopies of your dependents passport, visa, I-94 card and I-20 forms.
School Official in the Office of International Services will review
you application prior to submitting it to the U.S. Citizenship &
Immigration Service will take approximately 4-6 months to process
your application. Their answer will be sent to our office. When
it is received, you will be contacted immediately.
of F-1 Benefits Pending USCIS Review
benefits are suspended until an answer has been received from the
USCIS. During this period, you are not eligible for on or off-campus
employment, including graduate assistantships and practical training.
and Re-entry to U.S.
wish to travel while your application is pending with the USCIS,
a new form I-20 must be issued to you for re-entry. You must contact
the OIS at least 2 weeks prior to your intended departure date.