F1 Reinstatement

An F-1 student who has overstayed his/her period of stay or has otherwise failed to maintain F-1 student status may be reinstated to lawful F-1 status at the discretion of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Reinstatement to lawful F-1 status may be granted to a student if he or she:

  1. Has not been out of status for more than 5 months at the time of filing the request for reinstatement (or demonstrates that the failure to file within the 5 month period was the result of exceptional circumstances and that he/she filed the request for reinstatement as promptly as possible under these exceptional circumstances; 
  2. Does not have a record of repeated or willful violations of USCIS regulations;
  3. Is currently pursuing, or intending to pursue, a full course of study in the immediate future at Central Michigan University;
  4. Has not engaged in unauthorized employment; and 
  5. Is not deportable on any grounds other than what Federal Regulations stipulate in 8 CFR 237(a)(1)(B) or (C)(i); and
  6. Establishes to the satisfaction of USCIS that:  
    • The violation of status resulted from circumstances beyond the student's control; or 
    • The violation relates to a reduction in the student's course load that would have been within an OGE advisor's power to authorize and that failure to approve reinstatement would result in extreme hardship to the student.

Failure to maintain lawful immigration status is a serious issue and any student who finds him/herself out of status should consult with an immigration attorney for advice on options for resuming valid status.

Application Procedure

If you have fallen out of valid F-1 status and would like to file for reinstatement, you should first discuss your situation with an OGE advisor if you have not done so already. Once it has been determined that reinstatement is the best course of action for you, you should complete the following: