Students holding an F-1 visa are required to maintain a legal status at all times by: enrolling at full-time status, keeping a valid passport, avoiding unauthorized employment, and making normal progress toward their degree.
Students who fail to maintain their F-1 status may apply for reinstatement of their status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). VIU will evaluate the circumstances in which the student fell out of status and only those that went beyond the student's control will be considered for the reinstatement process. Students who have been out of status for more than five months will not be eligible for reinstatement.
Applying for Reinstatement
The International Student Advisor will require the following documents for reinstatement application:
- Form I-539: Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
- The phrase "reinstatement to F-1 status" should be written at 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. It may also relate to a reduction in course load that would have been within the ISS Office's power to authorize.
- This is required ONLY when the violation of status resulted from an error on the part of the ISS Office.