In some cases it may be advisable to depart the U.S. and re-enter with a new I-20, rather than applying for reinstatement. Please read about choosing to do reinstatement versus traveling to regain status here. You must discuss your case with an ISSS adviser prior to a new I-20 being issued. Please find information on how to schedule an appointment with an ISSS adviser if you cannot come during walk-in hours here.
To travel to regain status:
- Start by requesting a new I-20 from ISSS
- Depart the U.S., and pay a new SEVIS fee,
- You must apply for a new F-1 visa if the F-1 visa stamp in your passport has expired, and returning to the U.S.
- Report your arrival to the US when you return.
Note that students who violated status are not eligible for automatic visa revalidation. A re-entry to the U.S. after a status violation is viewed by Immigration as "initial attendance" in F-1 status. As such, you are bound by restrictions placed on new students, such as the academic year waiting period for eligibility for practical training.