SEVIS Terminations and Status Violations

The International Students & Programs Office is required to terminate the F-1 records for a number of different reasons. Termination may take place because the student has departed the United States, has obtained a different immigration status, or when a status violation occurs.


Termination Reasons

Typical reasons for termination include:

  • Unauthorized withdrawal from classes
  • Unauthorized drop below full course of study
  • Unauthorized employment
  • Suspension or disqualification
  • Failure to enroll in classes
  • Authorized absence from the United States
  • Change of non-immigrant status
  • Adjustment to permanent resident status


Consequences of SEVIS Termination

After a SEVIS record is terminated, a student is not eligible for the 60 day grace period and should plan to take one of the below actions immediately. Students whose records are terminated may not use their terminated SEVIS record/I-20 to travel or re-enter the United States (the only exception is for authorized leaves of absence for less than 5 months).


Getting Back to Status

If your SEVIS record is terminated, there are two ways to regain your status:

  1. By travel and re-entry with a new SEVIS record: Exit then re-enter the US with a new I-20.
  2. By reinstatement: Submit a reinstatement application to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.


Consult with an ISPO International Student Advisor if you believe any of these termination reasons may apply to you.