To correct your visa status through reinstatement, students must obtain a reinstatement I-20 from the Office of Global Services (OGS) and file an application for reinstatement with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Not all students who are out of status are eligible to go through reinstatement; to learn if you are eligible for reinstatement, or more information about how to file for reinstatement, please schedule an appointment with an OGS advisor by calling 617-373-2310 or visiting our front desk at 405 Ell Hall.

While applying for reinstatement, NO on-campus employment, co-op or internship assignments are permitted.

Mailing your documents

If reinstatement is your best option, once all required forms, documents and filing fee are assembled, mail the application to one of the following lockbox facilities:

For U.S. Postal Service:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
P.O. Box 660166
Dallas, TX 75266

For Non-U.S. express mail & courier service such as FedEx:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
Attn: I-539
2501 S. State Highway
Business Suite 400, Lewisville, TX 75067

Key Resources

Reinstatement/Readmission Instructions and Request »

Visa Reinstatement: What happens when an F-1 student falls “Out of Compliance/Status”?

Reinstatement letter format guide – students »

Letter format guide for students for their reinstatement

Reinstatement letter format guide – advisors »

Letter format guide for advisors for students reinstatement