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 two methods of regaining F-1 status:

  • Applying to USCIS 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 forms and information on violation of F-1 visa status.

          Violation of F-1 Status
          Reinstatement Checklist & Application 

     ***Please note the fee for filing Form I-539 is now $370 as of 12/23/16***


  • Re-establishing F-1 status by leaving and re-entering the U.S. with a new I-20.  This procedure is explained in a separate section called Re-Entry Checklist and Application



updated 1/24/2017