Reinstatement of F-1 Status
If an international student fails to meet F-1 regulatory requirements, the student’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) immigration record is terminated and the student is “out of status.”
All F-1 benefits cease and the student is required to leave the U.S., file for reinstatement, or be eligible for deportation.
If you are out of status and take action in a timely manner, you may be able to return to valid F-1 status. After reading the following, discuss your options with an International Student Advisor or immigration attorney.
The following general information is provided to assist students who wish to resolve a status issue. It is not meant as legal advice. Students are encouraged to consider obtaining the services of an immigration attorney who has experience assisting F-1 students with reinstatement.
You have two options to correct your F-1 status:
- File for reinstatement:
- Keep in mind this can take at least a year for reinstatement to be complete. For more information about the process, please visit the most recent Study in the States webpage.
- *If you do not maintain F-1 requirements, such as full-time enrollment, your reinstatement I-20 and application will be cancelled.
- Leave and reenter the US with a new SEVIS record:
- You will have to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee again ($350).
- You cannot re-enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the Program Start Date on your
- If the visa in your passport has expired, you will have to go through the visa process at a U.S. consulate/embassy.