If a student has violated the terms of your F-1 status, U.S. federal regulations require that you must regain valid status before you can become eligible for any of the benefits of this status.

One option to correct immigration status would be by filing a Reinstatement Application with the U.S. government. If you apply for, and are granted, a reinstatement this means that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has forgiven your violation. 

Some common violations of F-1 status:

  • Failure to complete 12 credits each semester without a authorization from an International Student Advisor (ISA)
  • Failure to obtain a new Form I-20 before returning to Babson after a leave of absence 
  • Failure to request a transfer procedure within 15 days of enrollment at Babson 
  • Unauthorized off-campus employment 
  • Working more than 20 hours/week during the academic year

Note the following:

  • Reinstatement may be granted to applicants whose violation was beyond their control or to those whose violation was of a technical nature.
  • Reinstatement cannot be granted to those whose are employed without authorization, or to those who have been out of status for more than 5 months.
  • Students should understand that there is always the possibility that a reinstatement application will be denied, and therefore could be required to depart from the U.S. on short notice. 

To discuss your case and get additional guidance on the reinstatement process, consult first with an international student advisor. You may also need to consult with an immigration attorney.