F-1 International Students
F-1 students who violate the conditions of their F-1 status are considered out-of-status and unlawfully present in the United States. Being out-of-status means that a student will no longer be eligible for benefits such as practical training, on-campus employment or transfer to another school. It also means that once the student travels outside the country they will be unable to re-enter the U.S. on their current I-20.
SEVIS, your Designated School Official is required by law to report your failure
to maintain status to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service
(USCIS). In some cases, the SEVIS system has the capability to
automatically terminate a student/record without DSO interaction.
Termination of a record cannot be cancelled.
NOTE: Dependents on
F-2 status are automatically considered out of status when the F-1 student
violates his/her status.
some cases, you may be eligible to apply for reinstatement,
a process which allows you to restore your status.
If you are not eligible for reinstatement, you must leave the United
States immediately. Failure to
apply for reinstatement or return to your home country will result in the
accrual of unlawful presence making you subject to arrest or deportation.
is the responsibility of the student to maintain his/her immigration status.
ADSO/DSO is available to assist you, but he/she is also responsible for ensuring
the universityís compliance with immigration regulations concerning the
enrollment of international students.
It is critical for the student to report any potential problems to
his/her ADSO/DSO as well as respond to any request made by the ADSO/DSO.
Common violations include:
If you are aware of a potential problem with your immigration status,
please contact your ADSO/DSO before it becomes an actual problem. In general,
your options to correct a situation become limited once a problem has developed.
Please contact your ADSO/DSO anytime you have questions or concerns.
option to regain status with the USCIS is to apply for reinstatement.
Reinstatement is the submission of a reinstatement application to the
USCIS District Office, where an officer will decide whether or not to reinstate
the student based on the information provided in the application.
The officer is looking for circumstances beyond the studentís control,
which caused the student to lose his/her status. Students who are not granted
reinstatement are required to return home immediately.
Please be aware that there is some risk involved in the reinstatement
process (i.e. you are not guaranteed approval).
A student who has worked without work authorization is generally not
eligible for reinstatement.
you are out-of-status, please contact your ADSO/DSO to discuss your options.
Your ADSO/DSO will provide you with the necessary forms/applications.
You must apply for reinstatement within 5 months of your
A decision to reinstate an individual to F-1 student status is completely
at the discretion of the USCIS. Georgia Southwestern State University Designated
School Officials have no control over this matter what-so-ever. It is solely the
responsibility of the student to maintain F-1 status. There is no appeal process
for reinstatement decisions.
Last modified: November 12, 2004