International Student Services

Reinstatement to F-1 Status

International students fail to maintain F-1 status if they do not fulfill the following requirements:

  • Not registered during a term (fall or spring).
  • Registered for less than 12 credits (Bachelors) 9 credits (Masters) each term, unless authorized by the International Student Adviser.
  • Remained in the U.S. beyond the authorization date indicated in section #5 of the current SEVIS I-20.
  • Did not complete the I-20 Transfer Process by the mandatory deadline of 15 days after the first day of class.
  • Dismissed academically.

Your Reinstatement to F-1 status will be approved or denied based on the validity of your reasons for failing to maintain your F-1 status. If you have been out of status for more that 5 months you must prove “exceptional circumstances” to be considered for Reinstatement by USCIS. If you are denied, you will be served with a notice of voluntary departure requesting you depart the U.S. Lehman College is not responsible for the decision of USCIS or any inconveniences it may cause. It can take several months for a decision to be made on your Reinstatement.

Application Process

  • Complete form I-539, which can be download from the Immigration website.
  • Lehman College SEVIS I-20 issued for Reinstatement.
  • A letter to USCIS explaining why you failed to maintain your F-1 status.
  • Copy of your financial documents (bank statements).
  • Check or Money Order for $300 payable to Department of Homeland Security.
  • Original I-94.
  • Copy of valid passport. Copy of F-1 visa.
  • Copies of all previous I-20s.

Make copies of all these documents before you mail to Immigration.

Send by CERTIFIED mail to:

USCIS/Vermont Processing Center
75 Lower Welden St.
St Albans, Vt. 05479-69765
Att: Reinstatement

Last modified: Jan 31, 2012

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