An F-1 student may fall “out of status/compliance” for violation of federal government regulations governing students in F-1 visa classification.
Examples of why a student may fall “out of status/compliance:”
- letting the program end date on the I-20 expire without requesting a program extension in a timely manner;
- taking too many online courses and not enough on ground classes;
- working without authorization;
- taking a leave from school without permission from his or her college and the OGS;
- not registering for a Summer term that is required by the program;
- not making continuous progress towards the
The OGS must terminate the SEVIS record of a student who is “out of compliance/status” in order to comply with Federal government regulations.
During the first weeks of the discovery of the violation, the OGS and the Academic Advisor or SEVIS Contact will work with the student to attempt to remedy the violation if possible. If there is no possible remedy, the student’s SEVIS record will be terminated. The student may seek to regain F-1 status provided that he or she is academically and financially qualified to continue and/or complete the degree program to which he or she was accepted. A student who is dismissed from his or her program is not eligible for reinstatement. A student who has violated employment related regulations may have limited options.
When the student meets an OGS advisor regarding the reasons for falling “out of compliance/status,” the OGS Advisor will determine if reinstatement and/or readmission is possible and provide further information about the process.
Two Ways to Regain Status
In order to resume studies in proper F-1 status, a student must seek to regain status in one of the following ways:
- Readmission: Depart the S. and regain status through readmission to the U.S. with a new initial I-20.
- Reinstatement: If eligible, seek reinstatement while remaining in the U.S. by filing an application for reinstatement with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).