International Student SEVIS Record Reinstatement

An international student record in SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) can be terminated for a numbers of reasons (absent from country, the student did not resume the full course load, etc.) When a DSO terminates a record, the student must either apply for reinstatement or leave the country.

Applying for Reinstatement

To apply for reinstatement the student must submit the following documentation:

  1. New I-20 with original signatures (DSO and student).

  2. Form I-539 and fee (write the word “REINSTATEMENT” on top of the form in addition to checking the 1.c. box in Part 2 of the form).

  3. A letter from the student explaining the situation and requesting a reinstatement.

  4. Proof of payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee, if the student has been out of status for five months.

  5. An official and current transcript from Hawkeye Community College.

  6. Documentation supporting that the student is pursuing a full course of study (current class schedule).

  7. Any other supporting information that will help support the nature of violation. If the student has been in status for more than five months, provide reasons why the student should be granted reinstatement.

  8. Copy of identity pages of student’s passport.

  9. Student’s original form I-94.

  10. Copy of the new financial support documents that demonstrate that the student is able to pay for studies in the US.

E-file or send the reinstatement packet to the following address:

For U.S. Postal Service:

P.O. Box 660166
Dallas, TX 75266

For Express mail and courier deliveries:

ATTN: I-539
2501 S. State Highway 121 Business Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067

Important Notes

Make sure you keep a copy of ALL documents that you send out to the USCIS Service Center for future reference.

Send the documents with the postal service that will require a receipt.

In case that USCIS denies the request for reinstatement, the student cannot appeal and must leave the country immediately.

Contact your International Student Services Coordinator if you have any questions.

Contact Information

International Student Services


Melissa Klein
Hawkeye Center 208
telephone (voice):
+1 319-296-2329, ext.1087
+1 319-296-1028
Email International Student Services
Schedule an appointment

Mailing Address

Hawkeye Community College
International Student Admissions
1501 East Orange Road
P.O. Box 8015
Waterloo, IA 50704-8015

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