A student who has failed to maintain status may apply to US Citizenship and Immigration Services to be reinstated to lawful F-1 status. Reinstatement is only granted under limited conditions and in the discretion of USCIS.
Conditions for approval of reinstatement
USCIS may consider reinstating a student to F-1 status if the student can prove the following:
If USCIS approves the reinstatement application, the student's SEVIS record will indicate the approval and the school will receive an e-mail notification of the approval.
If USCIS denies the reinstatement application the school will receive notification of the denial via e-mail. The student then must depart the United States immediately.
A denial of an application for reinstatement cannot be appealed, although a motion to reopen or reconsider may be filed if warranted.
For information on how to apply for reinstatement, please contact
For information on how to apply for reinstatement, please contact IPS firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to download
Click here to download F-1 Reinstatement application.