The University of Texas at Tyler
Tyler   •   Longview   •   Palestine
A centerpiece for learning,
culture and natural beauty
Random Image Alt Text

Graduate International Student Admissions

Reinstatement of F-1 Status

Students who are out of status:
  • Are not eligible to work.
  • May be contacted by US Department of Homeland Security agents.
  • May be subject to deportation.
 
It is in your best interest to restore your F-1 status as soon as possible. The two ways to do this are described below.  It may be advisable to consult with an immigration attorney.
 
Option 1: New Status by Travel
 
Eligibility
  • No academic or financial holds preventing you from enrolling.
  • Can show sufficient proof of funds to obtain a new Form I-20
  • You are not inadmissible for any other reason, such as a criminal conviction.
 
Process
  1. Read the Reinstatement Guide carefully and note any questions.
  2. Schedule an appointment with the international student advisor to review the process.
  3. Submit materials for a new UT Tyler Form I-20 to graduate international student advisor. Allow 3-5 business days for processing.
  4. When notified by the advisor, pick up and sign the new Form I-20.
  5. Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee, if required, and print the receipt.
  6. Schedule a visa appointment at a US consulate or embassy, and depart the US.
  7. If approved, re-enter the US in a new F-1 status. You cannot enter more than 30 days before the program start date.
  8. Provide copies of the new Form I-20, I-94 stamp or print-out, and F-1 visa to the graduate international student advisor. Your SEVIS record will be activated after these documents have been received and your reinstatement to F-1 status will then be complete.
  9. Because this is a new status you must be enrolled for two long semesters before becoming eligible for off-campus employment, even if you already met this requirement prior to the violation.
Option 2: Reinstatement by Petition
 
Eligibility
 
According to US federal immigration regulations, you are eligible for reinstatement by petition if you meet the ALL of following conditions:
  • You are in the US and have violated your F-1 status as a result of circumstances beyond your control or for a failure to apply in a timely fashion for a reduced course load authorization from your international student advisor.
  • The violation did not occur more than five months ago.*
  • You have not engaged in unauthorized employment.
 
Process
  1. Read the Reinstatement Guide carefully and note any questions.
  2. Schedule an appointment with the graduate international student advisor to review the process.
  3. Submit materials for a new UT Tyler Form I-20 to graduate international student advisor.  Allow 3-5 business days for processing.
  4. When notified by graduate international student advisor, pick up and sign the new Form I-20. Mailing instructions will be provided.
  5. Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee, if required, and print the receipt.
  6. Assemble the required documents and mail to USCIS. USCIS must receive the application within 30 days of the Form I-20 issue date.
  7. USCIS will mail a receipt 2-3 weeks after submission. The graduate international student advisor will notify you via your Patriots email account when the receipt is received.
  8. Continue to enroll as a full time student while you wait for the USCIS decision. You must not leave the US while the petition is pending. Doing so will cancel your petition.
  9. USCIS will send a decision letter. USCIS processing times vary widely. A common wait time is 3-4 months after submission. The graduate international student advisor will notify you via your Patriots email account when the letter is received.
    • If the petition is approved, you may start/resume on-campus employment, if applicable, as soon as you receive the written approval. If you have been full-time enrolled at least one academic year prior to the violation you are eligible for off-campus employment. You do not have to re-qualify.
    • If the petition is denied, you will likely be instructed by USCIS to leave the US and the visa you used to enter the US will be automatically canceled. If you want to pursue further options for remaining in the US, you can do so by consulting with an immigration attorney.
* USCIS officials have the discretion to determine if a student warrants reinstatement even if the violation occurred more than five months ago.
 
It is highly recommended that you speak with the graduate international student advisor about your options.
©