A student may be eligible for reinstatement if:

  • The student has not been out of status for more than 5 months prior to filing for reinstatement (unless he or she can show that there were exceptional circumstances that prevented the student from filing during the 5-month period).
  • The student does not have a record of repeated violations.
  • The student is pursuing, or will in the next term be pursuing, a full course of study.
  • The student is not engaged in unauthorized employment (if done so, advised to leave US).
  • The student is not deportable on any grounds other that the status violation for which the reinstatement is being requested.
  • The status violation resulted from circumstances beyond the student’s control.
  • Failure to apply in an immigration benefit in which ISSS would have authorized.
  • The student would experience extreme hardship if the application were not approved.