Student Visa Reinstatement

As a F1 student on a student visa in the US, the student must always have a valid student visa during the duration of study.

The student can apply for reinstatement if she/he meet certain requirements such as:

  • Failed to maintain the terms of his or her immigration status; therefore, a DSO terminated the record as a result.
  • Will resume full-time study.
  • Can prove eligibility for reinstatement according to F-1 or M-1 regulations.

Reinstatement Eligibility, Regulations and Policy Guidance

In general, to be eligible for reinstatement, the student must:

  • Not be out of status for more than five months at the time of filing or show the exceptional circumstance that prevented filing in that time frame.
  • Not have a record of repeated or willful violations of regulations.
  • Not have worked without authorization.
  • Be pursuing or intend to pursue a full course of study in the immediate future at your school.
  • Not be deportable for any reason other than failing to maintain F-1 or M-1 status.
  • Be able to show that:
    • Circumstances beyond the student’s control caused the status violation.
    • Student fell below a full course load for a reason the DSO could have used to authorize a reduced course load, and the student would experience extreme hardship, if the student fails to get reinstatement.
  • Regulations for Reinstatement can be found on F-1 reinstatement: 8 CFR 214.2(f)(16).

If you need reinstatement, please contact the Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence, LLC. on 410.986.0088, 443.352.3201 or email us at for legal help.

Contact Us

    Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence, LLC.
  • Address: 90 Painters Mill Road Suite 201 Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
  • Phone: (443) 352-3201

  • Email:

Follow Us