Reinstatement to F-1 Status
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When you are admitted to the United States in
F-1 status, you are expected to comply with certain immigration
regulations. If you fail to comply with these regulations, you
will be considered “out of status” and will need to apply to the
Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) for
“reinstatement.” `Only by seeking reinstatement can you regain
certain benefits attached to F-1 status, such as the ability to
work on-campus, to engage in practical training, or to receive
certification for re-entry into the U.S. after travel abroad.
The following are considered violations of F-1 status that
may necessitate reinstatement:
Failure to attend the school whose SEVIS I-20 you used to
enter the United States
Failure to maintain full-time registration as required
Failure to apply for a Program Extension within the 30-day
period before the completion date on your SEVIS I-20 , if
you need more time to complete your current program
Failure to obtain a new SEVIS I-20 if you change your
educational program or degree level and notify the INS
within 15 days of beginning the new program or level.
Failure to obtain a new SEVIS I-20 and notify INS within 15
days of registering at Hostos Community College if you
transfer to Hostos from another school or institution.
eligible to be reinstated?
Reinstatement is possible if you:
Are pursuing a full-time course of study
Can document sufficient financial resources to pursue a
full-time course of study
Can establish that the violation of F-1 status resulted from
circumstances beyond your control or that failure to be
reinstated would result in extreme hardship
Are not deportable from the United States on any grounds
Have not been out of status for more than 5 months at a time
of filling the reinstatement
Note that certain kinds of violations
cannot be remedied through reinstatement; instead they require
that you depart the United States. Among these violations is
working in the U.S. without appropriate, and prior,
authorization from the International Student Advisor (DSO) or
the USCIS. Unauthorized employment is considered a deportable
offense that cannot be resolved through reinstatement.
In order to apply for reinstatement, you must
first qualify for a SEVIS I-20 issued specifically for this
purpose. You should speak with the DSO to determine
whether or not you are eligible for reinstatement. If so, the DSO will issue a new SEVIS I-20 for reinstatement to
allow you to submit an application to the USCIS. Make sure that
any accompanying dependents are included on the SEVIS I-20,
since any status violation committed by you also affects any
dependent family members.
Please note that the reinstatement application
is made directly by you to the USCIS. The DSO does not have
a role in endorsing or approving your application; only the USCIS
can reinstate you to F-1 status. However, if you would like
DSO to examine your application, we will be happy to do so.
Your reinstatement application should
include the following:
Your written requests to the USCIS for reinstatement,
explaining the circumstances for being “out of status.”
Letter from academic Advisement indicating when you will
complete your degree requirements
Official copy of your current transcript
A SEVIS I-20 for reinstatement,
with financial documentation covering the tuition, fees, and
living expenses for your program of study.
A completed USCIS form I-539.
A bank check or money order made payable to the USCIS in the amount of $300.00.
Photocopy of your passport identification page. Do
not send your passport!
Photocopies of all previous SEVIS I-20(s).
An original I-94 card showing that you were admitted in F-1
status for “duration of status.
You are advised to photocopy all your
application material for your own records before sending it to
US federal Immigration regulations require that
you finish your program of study by the completion date on your
SEVIS I-20. If you will not graduate by that date, you must set
up an appointment to see the DSO and apply for a program
extension at least 30 days before the SEVIS I-20
There is no fee to apply for a program
extension, and no "waiting period" to hear from the USCIS once
the necessary paperwork is submitted. The International Student
Advisor will approve all program extension requests allowable by
federal regulations, and notify SEVIS of your new completion
In order to obtain a program extension, you must
show that you have continually maintained status and
that the extension is needed for compelling academic or medical
reasons, such as a change of major, unexpected academic
problems, or a documented illness. Delays in completing
your program caused by academic probation or suspension are not
acceptable reasons for program extension approval. If your
completion of studies date has expired or you do not meet the
eligibility requirements to apply for a program extension, it
will be necessary to file for reinstatement to F-1 status, for
which the USCIS will charge a $300 fee.
The following items are needed to process a
program extension application:
Once your program extension application is
complete, the International Student Advisor will prepare a SEVIS
I-20 showing your new completion date, and notify the USCIS of
Be sure to keep this new SEVIS I-20 and all
previous SEVIS I-20 forms you have been issued.
How much time do I have to complete my
Although your I-94 card is marked "D/S" for the Duration of
Status, your SEVIS I-20 is the document, which regulates the
length of your degree program. Section 5 of the SEVIS I-20
states the completion date, which is the latest date by which
you are expected to finish your degree.
How do I know if I need an extension?
If you anticipate completing your studies any later than the
date on your SEVIS I-20, you must apply for an extension of your
When can I apply for an extension?
You must file for your extension at least 30 days before your
SEVIS I-20 expires. An extension cannot be processed after the
SEVIS I-20 expires.
What items do I need to bring to the DSO?
Your SEVIS I-20, I-94 card, and valid passport
Current financial documentation to cover the remaining time
needed for study
The Request for an Extension
of Program completed by the academic advisor
What is the verification process?
The DSO will review your case. If you have been in F-1
status and have a legitimate academic need for an extension, you
will be issued a new SEVIS I-20.
What if I have not been a full-time
student, have not made satisfactory progress, or am filing for
my extension after my SEVIS I-20 has expired?
An F-1 extension is a benefit for students in status with
legitimate academic reasons for the additional time requested.
If you have not been a full-time student, not made satisfactory
progress, or otherwise violated the F-1 regulations, you will
not be eligible for an extension. You will need to meet with the
DSO who will review your situation and advise you of the
options you have to re-gain F-1 status or otherwise complete
your degree at Hostos Community College. It is important that
you meet with DSO as soon as possible. A delay
could further complicate your situation.
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