There are several reasons students can lose their status. Among the most common are:
- Failure to enroll full-time (see enrollment requirements)
- Failure to request an I-20 extension before your current I-20 expires
- Failure to pay for your classes, thus no enrollment
- Failure to transfer schools in a timely manner
- Working without authorization. Note: A student who has worked without authorization is not eligible for reinstatement.
If you think that you may be out of status, please visit the ISSSO immediately. The longer you wait to address the problem, the more difficult it can become. Furthermore, only students in valid F-1 status are eligible for F-1 benefits from the USCIS (e.g. authorization to work on-campus, practical training work authorization).
Options For Regaining F-1 Status
A student who has failed to maintain F-1 student status and wishes to continue studying at (or transfer to) Kennesaw State University must regain valid status. There are two avenues for doing this:
- Depart and re-enter the United States with a new I-20 (issued by either the school where you lost your status or a new school).
- Apply for reinstatement of status through an application to USCIS. This must be done with the support of the ISSSO.