Violation of F-1 visa regulations results in the loss of legal status in the U.S. Consequences include, but are not limited to:
It is important that students discuss legal status issues with an ISSS Adviser. There are two ways in which a student may be able to regain legal F-1 status:
Students who reenter with an “initial attendance” I-20 will be required to enroll as a full-time student for at least one academic year before becoming eligible to apply for off-campus work permission and/or curricular or optional practical training. Students entering on an "initial attendance" I-20 may enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the start date on their I-20.
If an DHS official or an immigration judge declares an individual to be unlawfully present in the United States, the unlawful presence will begin the day after the DHS decision – not the date the individual violated his/her status.
Unlawful presence will have an effect on future eligibility for entry into the United States: