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 submit a reinstatement application immediately, as applications can take several months to process by USCIS.
Students are considered for reinstatement only under the following circumstances:
If reinstatement is not approved, you must leave the United States immediately; to continue with your program, you must request a new I-20 with a new SEVIS number, pay a new SEVIS fee, apply for a new visa, and re-enter the United States with the new I-20 and visa. 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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