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Reinstatement is a serious matter that goes on your permanent immigration record.  Needing to be reinstated should be avoided at all costs.

If you fail to maintain status, you will be considered "out of status" and will need to apply to the government for "reinstatement."

Students who have failed to maintain their F-1 student status are entitled to apply to the USCIS to ask to be reinstated (returned) to student status.

Anything that is not maintaining status.

You may be eligible for reinstatement only if you:

  •         Have been out of status for less than 5 months
  •         Can document sufficient financial resources to pursue a full-time course load
  •         Are currently enrolled or intend to enroll for a full-time course load at SCU
  •         Can prove that the violation of status resulted from circumstances beyond your control
  •         Have not engaged in unauthorized employment
  •         Do not have a history of repeated violations
  •         Are not deportable from the US for other reasons

Please meet with an ISS advisor during walk-in hours to review the process and discuss your eligibility for reinstatement.

You should submit the following documents to USCIS:

  • A bright colored paper on top of the rest of the documents stating: "THIS IS AN APPLICATION FOR REINSTATEMENT".
  • A one page letter written by you:
  1. Providing the facts and circumstances which resulted in the violation of status
  2. Mentioning that you are currently enrolled in a full load of classes at SCU
  3. Explaining how a hardship would result from not being returned to F-1 student status
  • I-94 photocopy
  • A new SCU issued I-20 indicating that it has been issued for the purpose of an application for "Reinstatement." You must sign item #11.
  • Photocopies of all your previously issued I-20s (from SCU and any other US colleges attended).
  • A completed and signed Form I-539 “Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status” with all questions answered.[T1]
  • Photocopies of the biographical and F-1 visa pages of the passport.
  • Official copies of transcripts from all the schools attended while in the United States (must be in a sealed envelope).
  • Documents which establish the necessary financial support to complete the program of study.
  • A check or money order made out to "U.S. Department of Homeland Security" for $290.00.

See an ISS advisor immediately after you receive the USCIS response to your reinstatement application.

No, while the reinstatement application is pending, you may NOT work.

US immigration regulations are complex and change frequently.  The University strives to maintain a website that is both current and helpful, however, Santa Clara University is not responsible for students maintaining lawful immigration status; this is the responsibility of the student.  Further, resources and links do not constitute endorsement by Santa Clara University.