Reinstating your immigration status
It is your responsibility to maintain your F-1 or J-1 status in the United States. If you violate the terms of your immigration status, your SEVIS record will be terminated and your status will no longer be active. To continue your academic studies in the U.S. and have your status reinstated, you must either exit the U.S. and re-enter with new immigration documents or apply for reinstatement within the United States.
If you are a J-1 student, please contact your international student adviser to discuss potential reinstatement.
If you are an F-1 student, review the following guidelines and procedures to reinstate your status by travel or application.
Changing your immigration status
If you are currently in the United States on a nonimmigrant status (such as F-2 or H-4) and have been accepted for admission as a full-time student at MU, it may be necessary to change to F-1 or J-1 student status, particularly if your program of study involves on-campus employment, a graduate assistantship or an internship. Some nonimmigrant statuses (e.g., H-4) allow school attendance without changing status, but also prohibit employment.
To obtain a new nonimmigrant status, you must either exit the United States and re-enter with new immigration documents or apply to USCIS for a change in status. Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages. Make an appointment with an international student adviser or come to walk-in advising to review your options.