US student visa reinstatement

US student visa reinstatement is the process of having a terminated F-1 student visa reinstated. F-1 student visas can be terminated for a variety of reasons, such as failing to maintain academic progress, working without authorization, or overstaying your visa.

If your student visa is terminated, you will need to apply for reinstatement if you want to remain in the United States and continue your studies.

Who is eligible for US student visa reinstatement?

To be eligible for US student visa reinstatement, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have a valid passport.
  • You must have a valid Form I-20 from your school.
  • You must have a compelling reason for why your visa was terminated.
  • You must be able to demonstrate that you have not violated US immigration law since your visa was terminated.

Why might you need US student visa reinstatement?

There are a number of reasons why you might need US student visa reinstatement, including:

  • You failed to maintain academic progress due to extenuating circumstances, such as a medical condition or a family emergency.
  • You worked without authorization due to financial hardship.
  • You overstayed your visa because you were waiting for an important document, such as a new passport or a visa for a dependent.

How to apply for US student visa reinstatement

To apply for US student visa reinstatement, you must submit the following documents to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):

  • Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.
  • A copy of your passport.
  • A copy of your current Form I-20.
  • A letter from your school’s Designated School Official (DSO) supporting your request for reinstatement.
  • Evidence of your compelling reason for reinstatement.
  • Evidence that you have not violated US immigration law since your visa was terminated.
  • Filing fee.

You can mail your application to the USCIS or submit it online. If you submit your application online, you will need to create a USCIS account and pay the filing fee with a credit or debit card.

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