If you violate the terms of your non-immigrant status, you may need to apply to USCIS for reinstatement. Reinstatement is a process in which admit that you made a mistake and ask USCIS to pardon your mistake and to restore you to an active non-immigrant status.
Please note that this is not a complete listing of potential status violations. Check with an ISS advisor for more information.
ISS will assist you in deciding how to proceed. You should visit our office as soon as possible if you believe you could be in violation of your status. It is important to file a reinstatement application immediately, as they can take up to five months to process.
Students are considered for reinstatement only under the following circumstances:
If reinstatement is not approved, your SEVIS record will be terminated
or completed and you must leave the United States immediately. Please be aware that unauthorized employment is a serious violation and will bar you from consideration for reinstatement. You cannot file for reinstatement if you have engaged in unauthorized employment. You should seek legal advice from an immigration attorney on this matter.
To apply for reinstatement, you must meet with an ISS advisor and submit the following items:
Your reinstatement application and supporting documents will be submitted to USCIS online. An ISS advisor will provide guidance and assist you with that process. For more information, visit the USCIS Electronic Immigration System page.
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