It is essential to remember that you must take full legal responsibility for maintaining your status with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). That is, you are responsible for finding out, knowing, and following pertinent regulations. All USCIS forms are available online.
If you have lost your F-1 status, you must make an appointment with an International Student Advisor immediately to begin your immigration reinstatement process. You may apply to regain your F-1 status while remaining in the USA, or you may travel to do so. If you remain in the USA, and USCIS decides that you may be permitted to regain your status, then it is if you never and you also regain all of the benefits of F-1 status. If you choose to travel outside of the USA and re-enter the USA on a new I-20/status, then you will lose certain benefits of your F-1 status, like the ability to work with prior authorization from the International Advisor. You will receive a packet of information from the International Student Advisor. Once you have gathered all of the necessary documentation, make another appointment with an International Student Advisor to finalize your application that you will send to USCIS.
Please keep copies of all documents.
Send your application, certified mail, return receipt to: NEED TO GET ADDRESS
*When you exit the USA, be sure to give your I-94 card to immigration!!!*
If you DO NOT need a new Visa - Travel home with the following documents:
If your Visa is not yet expired, then you will go through your reinstatement when you re-enter the USA upon your return, at the border.
If you DO need a new Visa - Make an appointment at the US Embassy in your home country, and bring the following documents with you to your appointment:
Come in to the International Student Center and see an International Advisor IMMEDIATELY upon your return to campus, as we must change your SEVIS record to ACTIVE after your reinstatement, and copy the stamped I-20.
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