If you are an F-1 student who is out of status and intends to resume full time studies, you must make a written request to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for reinstatement in order to continue your program in legal status. You should see an International Student Advisor immediately to file for reinstatement. Failure to file within five months of the violation could result in denial of your petition.
Possible reasons for a student to fall out of status may include:
Failed to enroll or complete a full time course load (during the Fall or Spring semesters)
Failed to notify USCIS of the new degree program or school
Remained in the U.S. beyond the authorized period of stay
Attended a school without authorization
Was issued an I-515 upon entry but did not send the required documents to USCIS
Otherwise violated the conditions of F-1status
In order to apply for Reinstatement, please provide the following: (Make sure you make copies for your records.)
Form I-539 completed. The International Center will supply the address in Part 1 of the form.
Money order payable to Department of Homeland Security. Please check current fees at: http://www.uscis.gov
Original I-94, plus the copies of the front and the back.
Form I-901 (fee receipt – 2 copies, if required). This fee is required of students who have been out-of status for 5 months or more. Information can be found at http://www.FMJfee.com.
Copies of your financial statements for the most current three months.