I am currently pursuing a full-time study in F-1 status. My DSO issued me authorization to engage in Curricular Practical Training (CPT) last semester for training with a specific employer. …

… Due to a misunderstanding, I started working for another company which I thought was affiliated with my employer, but, in fact, was my employer’s client. Once I realized my mistake, I promptly moved to my CPT employer. After talking to my DSO, I understand that I violated the terms of my CPT and am now out of F-1 status. Should I be able to have my status reinstated?


Generally, a student is not eligible for reinstatement to F-1 status if his/her status violation was due to unauthorized employment. However, your DSO may still be able to recommend reinstatement if s/he considers your violation to be related to “training” and not “employment” as this term is used by the regulation which prescribes the procedures for reinstatement. (25.Jan.2014)

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