An F-1 student who has stayed beyond the authorized program completion date on his/her I-20 form or otherwise violated his/her immigration status must apply for reinstatement. The reinstatement is adjudicated by USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services).
On the application the student must explain the circumstances of the violation and show intent to follow USCIS regulations in the future. It is also essential to provide information that the student did not engage in unauthorized employment. If/when the application is approved, USCIS will return the I-20 form with an "Approved" stamp and issue a new I-94 card to the student and NRCC is notified on SEVIS. If the reinstatement request is denied, the student is notified and must leave the U.S. by the voluntary departure date issued by USCIS.
The following information is required:
- Completed I-539 Form
- Original I-94 card
- Copy of passport
- Copy of current I-20 form
- Evidence of financial support
- Check/money order for fee made payable to USCIS
- Letter addressed to USCIS from the student stating the reasons for being out-of-status (explain in detail and indicate did not knowingly violate status)
An I-20 indicating DSO recommendation for reinstatement, along with the above documents and fee, will be forwarded to USCIS. If the Service reinstates the student, the Service shall endorse the student's copy to indicate that the student has been reinstated and will return form to the student. The adjudicating officer will update SEVIS to reflect the Service's decision.