Reinstatement to F-1 status

General information about reinstatement

Students in the F-1 visa category who fail to maintain their student status in the United States are required to obtain a reinstatement to F-1 student status.  We strongly recommend that you consult the ISSC staff first about which of the reinstatement options is best for your circumstances.

Students may fall out of status for many different reasons including but not limited to failure to enroll, failure to maintain academic progress, unauthorized part-time enrollment, and so on. The SEVIS record of a student who has fallen out of status must be terminated and the reason must be recorded. A student who is “out of status” is not eligible for any benefits of the F-1 status.

Please Note:  If you are dismissed from the University for any reason, you may not be eligible for reinstatement through UMass Dartmouth.  Please consult with the ISSC before proceeding.

Application procedures and materials

There are three methods of regaining F-1 status:

  • Using the U.S. CIS ELIS system for submitting an online application for reinstatement to F-1 status.  Below we give links to a summary of the ELIS system and F-1 visa status violations as well as a checklist with step-by-step guidance and a reinstatement application to help organize your materials for ISSC review: 

    Getting Started with ELIS  
    Violation of F-1 visa status - questions and answers  
    ISSC Reinstatement with ELIS checklist and Application    

  • Applying to U.S. CIS for reinstatement by submitting a paper application (I-539 Application to Extend/Change Immigrant Status) through the U.S. Postal Service.  Below are links to the ISSC application form and information on violation of F-1 visa status

          Violation of F-1 Status
          Reinstatement by U.S. Mail Application and Checklist  



updated 11/5/2013