If you violate the terms of your non-immigrant status, you may need to apply to USCIS for "Reinstatement." Reinstatement is a way to admit that you made a mistake and to ask USCIS to pardon your mistake and put you back into 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 very important to file a reinstatement application immediately. Reinstatement applications can take up to five months to process.
Students are considered for reinstatement only under the following circumstances:
Please be aware that unauthorized employment is a serious violation and will not be considered 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:
After meeting with an advisor, mail all documents and the original I-20 with the reinstatement request to:
P.O. Box 660166
Dallas, TX 75266
International Student Services79 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor (Map)New York, NY 10003Phone: 212.229.5592Fax: 212.229.8992Skype: firstname.lastname@example.org
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