MAINTAINING LAWFUL F-1/J-1 STATUS
WHAT IS A VIOLATION OF IMMIGRATION STATUS?
Violation of status means you have broken one of the immigration regulations pertaining to F-1 visa. If this occurs, you will lose the benefits of your status in the U.S., including employment authorization.
What Causes You to Violate or 'Fall out of' Status?
- You did not attend the school you were authorized to attend - the school which issued the I-20 used to enter the U.S.
- You do not follow the correct procedures for continuing from one educational level to another or for transferring from one school to another.
- You drop below full time in any semester without obtaining permission.
- You work off-campus without proper authorization.
- You work on or off-campus for more than 20 hours a week when school is in session, even though you obtained permission to be employed.
- Your program completion date has passed and you have not filed for a program extension,
- You have been expelled or dismissed.
REINSTATEMENT TO STUDENT (F-1) IMMIGRATION STATUS
- If you violate the terms of your status, visit ISS as soon as possible.
- There are two ways for resuming status: applying through USCIS for resumption or traveling outside of the U.S. and regain status by the Port of Entry.
- It is very important to make a Reinstatement application immediately. F-1 students who have been out of status for more than 5 months are ineligible for reinstatement through the USCIS, unless they can prove exceptional circumstances.
- To be eligible for reinstatement, you cannot have a record of repeat violations of regulations.
- Please refer to the Reinstatement Guide & Checklist (PDF) for more information.