It is the responsibility of the student to maintain his/her student status by remaining compliant with immigration and university regulations.
All F-1 international students who violate their student status may have their SEVIS record terminated by ISSC.
In most cases, termination requires a student to depart the United States immediately.
The grounds for termination of a SEVIS record include but are not limited to:
Unauthorized withdrawal from classes
Unauthorized drop below a full course of study
Expulsion and suspension
Failure to enroll in classes
Over-enrollment in online and hybrid courses
Not maintaining status
Failure to report OPT employment
Accrual of 90 days of unemployment while on OPT
Effects of termination:
Upon termination, all F-1 benefits, such as employment (on-campus and off-campus) will cease immediately.
SEVIS records of F-2 dependents sponsored will also be terminated, and they must depart the U.S. within 15 days of the termination event
If you are out of the country for less than 5 months, you can request, through your Wildcat Mail (Weber email), for your SEVIS record to be reactivated, up to 60 days prior to the start of the semester.
You may not use your current F-1 visa to enter the United States until your SEVIS record has been re-activated. Once the record has been returned to active status, you may apply for your visa and/or return to the United States.
You must return to the United States within 5 months, in order to keep your immigration status and begin classes by the next available session.
If you do not return to the United States within 5 months, you will be required to apply for a new I-20 and F-1 visa.
If you are terminated, the required two semesters necessary for CPT and OPT must be satisfied again.
A student who has failed to maintain status must be reinstated to lawful F-1 status, at the discretion of USCIS, but only under the limited conditions specified in 8 CFR 214.2(f)(16).
If an F-1 student violates status, all F-2 dependents of that individual automatically lose their status as well. Consequently, F-2 dependents must be included on a reinstatement application.
Students must meet with an ISSC advisor to determine eligibility.