A reinstatement may be applied for by a student who:

  1.    Has not been out of status for more than 5 months at the time of filing for reinstatement (or demonstrates that failure to file within the 5-month period was result of exceptional circumstances).
  2.    Can prove that the violation of status resulted from circumstances beyond the student’s control.  Such circumstances might include serious injury or illness.

Application process

In order to apply for reinstatement you must:

Write a letter addressed “To Whom It May Concern” including:

  1. A brief history of your stay in the U.S. (i.e. when you first arrived as an F-1, what schools you have attended).  Explain and document any previous semesters in which you were registered for less than a full course load of any cycles in which you were not registered.  Then discuss why you are currently out of status, giving details of the circumstances which led you to be out of status.
  2. That you are currently enrolled as a full-time student or that you intend to pursue a full course of study.
  3. That the student has not worked illegally in the U.S. or a full explanation of any illegal employment (name and location of employer, dates of employment and reasons for working). (If the student engaged in unauthorized work this will require a New Entry rather than Reinstatement);
  4. That your failure to maintain your student status was due to circumstances beyond your control.
  5. That you are not deportable on any other grounds (such as conviction of any crime).

Bring the following to an International Student Advisor:

  1. Letter
  2. Form I-539
  3. Proof of financial support
  4. Original Form I-20  and copies of all previously issued forms for the student and any F-2 dependents
  5. Passport
  6. $290.00 payable to Department of Homeland Security (money order or cashier’s check)
  7. Form I-94 (Original card will be sent to USCIS with application)

Contact Information

Phone: (713) 789-4555


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