If you fail to maintain your F-1 status, and your I-20 has been terminated, you have two options to regain proper status. Please see below for more details.
- Travel Option
- Reinstatement Option
Depart and re-enter the U.S. with a new I-20 (issued by the school where you lost your status or a new school). Typically, the student returns to his/her home country for this option. The student may need a new visa also issued by the nearest U.S. consulate or Embassy in his/her home country:
Current Students: In order to get a new I-20 from Georgia State, you will need to provide ISSS with new financial information and be enrolled full time (unless authorized) for the current semester. For more details, come to our office to speak with an advisor about the process and risks involved.
New Students: In order to get an I-20 from Georgia State, you will need to be fully accepted into a program of study and enroll full time in classes. For more details, come to our office to speak with an advisor about the process and risks involved.
This option is only available to current students. In order to apply for reinstatement, you will have to complete a reinstatement application (see Reinstatement Checklist). Reinstatement is currently taking 6-9 months, but it does allow the student to remain in the U.S. while the petition is pending (being processed) by United States Citizen and Immigration Services – USCIS. In the event Reinstatement will likely take longer than the 60 day grace period after your program of study ends, you will not be eligible for OPT. Please contact your ISSS advisor about this option.
Common events leading to loss of status
- Failure to enroll or maintain full-time enrollment
- Failure to request an I-20 extension before your current I-20 expires
- Failure to pay all tuition and fees by the payment deadline, resulting in automatic drop of all enrollment
- Failure to transfer schools in a timely manner
- Working without authorization
- Unable to Register SEVIS record due to lack of valid local (U.S.) address
Eligibility for Reinstatement
According to immigration regulations, not everyone is eligible for reinstatement. Below are the eligibility requirements. Make sure you come to ISSS to discuss your particular circumstances with an advisor.
- You have not been out of status for more than 5 months *
- You are enrolled full time or plan to enroll full time as soon as possible
- You have not worked illegally
- You are not in deportation procedures
- You fell out of status for reasons beyond your control
- You do not have a record of repeated or willful violations
* Students who have fallen out of status have a period of 5 months to apply for reinstatement. If you apply beyond the 5-month-period, your application is less likely to be approved because you will have to demonstrate that there were exceptional circumstances which prevented you from applying in a timely manner.