We would like to share another successful case of our firm with you today. The client's academic grades were lower than the school's minimum standard requirements, and his student status was therefore terminated by his school. He stays in the United States without legal status for more than half a year. Finally, we helped the client successfully reinstated his student status.
Because the client missed part of his final exams, his scores were lower than the school's minimum requirement. So, the school refused to issue a new I-20. After the old I-20 expired for more than five months, the client found a new school. The client contacted us, hoping to reinstate his student status.
International students holding an F-1 visa after a U.S. school terminates their I-20 may apply to reinstate their F-1 status. After being admitted and getting a new I-20, students can submit a Reinstatement Request to USCIS. If USCIS approves the application, the student will remain an F-1 student and continue to study in the U.S. legally.
According to U.S. Immigration Law, to be eligible for reinstatement, the student must:
The violation of status resulted from circumstances beyond the student's control, or the violation relates to a reduction in the student's course load that would have been within a DSO's power to authorize. Failure to approve reinstatement would result in extreme hardship to the student. The difficulty in this case was:
For these reasons, the client visited and consulted a number of immigration lawyers but was only told that there was no hope.
After knowing further details about the client's situation, we believed that we could provide sufficient evidence to USCIS to prove that the delay in the client's reinstatement application was caused by reasons that were beyond the student's control.
We submitted a Reinstatement Request and the supporting evidence for the client. Five months later, the case was approved, and the client regained his student status.
If you, or somebody you know, find yourselves in a similar situation, and you need immediate assistance, our offices are here to help.