Do you have an F1 visa that has fallen out of status? Reasons for this may be include the following: not maintaining full-time enrollment, not completing the I-20 transfer on time to a new school, or not applying for an extension before your I-20 expires. If this has happened to you, don’t worry! We are experts at the reinstatement process and make it simple for students.
- Fill out our school application online and pay the application fee (this may be done in the office as well)
- Make an appointment to discuss the Reinstatement process with Excel’s Advisor
Gather Documents & Fees
- Enroll in classes as soon as possible and pay the necessary fees while you are preparing to send off the application
- Gather all required documents: bank statements, passport, I-94, transfer form from previous school with release date
- Write your personal statement detailing what led to your termination
- Download and fill out the I-539 form and the I-539A form for each dependent (Download the form, fill it out, save it to your computer, and email it to the Reinstatement Advisor) *The same form can be used to file an extension to your visa
- Get money orders for $370 for each I-539 filed (COS and Extension) and $85 for each applicant (Biometrics Fee)
Attend Classes & Submit RFE (if Necessary)
- After your I-20 is released to Excel, your record will be registered in the SEVIS system as “reinstatement” and included with your reinstatement application
- Comply with Excel attendance and academic performance policies while you wait for your case to be reviewed by USCIS
- USCIS may request more evidence while reviewing your case. Present the Request for Evidence (RFE) to your advisor for guidance about your response
If you have any questions on how it works, give us a call at 214-363-1700, contact us by email, or visit our FAQ page.