Students holding an F-1 visa are required to maintain legal status at all times by: enrolling on full-time basis; keeping a valid passport at all times while in the United States; avoiding unauthorized employment; and making normal academic progress toward their degree/certificate.
Students who fail to maintain their F-1 status may be able apply for reinstatement of their status with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). VIU will evaluate the circumstances in which the student fell out of status and only those that are able to prove that the circumstances were beyond the student's control will be considered for the reinstatement process. Students who have been out of status for more than five (5) months will not be eligible for reinstatement.
Applying for Reinstatement:
The International Students Services Office (ISSO) will require the following for all reinstatement applications:
- This essay should be at least 250 words and be in a clear format.
Please Note: Allow at least 5 business days for processing. Once a decision has been made on behalf of the ISSO, the student will be emailed on how to proceed.
- All students are required to schedule, and attend an appointment with the ISSO before a Reinstatement I-20 will be issued.
Documents to be REVIEWED by the ISSO, and to be SENT to USCIS:
- Form I-539: Application to Extend/Change Non-immigrant Status.
- The phrase "Reinstatement to F-1 status" should be written in Part 2, Item 1. The student should complete the entire form and sign it.
- Get the most current fee amount from the USCIS website.
- This letter should establish that the violation resulted from circumstances beyond the student’s control.
- This is required only when the violation of status resulted from an error on the part of the ISS Office.