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Hope For F-1 Students To Stay In The U.S. Despite Falling Out Of Status Due To Medical Conditions

Hope For F-1 Students To Stay In The U.S. Despite Falling Out Of Status Due To Medical Conditions

Posted by: ScottMond Law Firm
March 16, 2011
Topic: Student Visas

If you or someone you know initially enters the country on an F-1 student visa, and falls out of status due to medical reasons, there is hope under U.S. Immigration Laws.

Humanitarian Parole may always be a consideration; however, the following legal solutions may prove more successful. It is imperative that a student who falls ill and stops attending classes moves quickly to bridge his or her U.S. status.

First speak with your Designated Student Officer (DSO) of the University or College. The DSO may, in his or her discretion, give an F-1 student a leave of absence that should not affect his or her status. The DSO may also issue a new I-20 or make necessary comments to SEVIS.

Alternatively, if the F-1 student has fallen out of status already, it is necessary to apply "nunc pro tunc" for a Change in Status. The recommended change of status is B-2. It is essential to provide proof of strong financial support to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services when attempting to change status from student to visitor.

The above recommendations for F-1 students are legally complex. In dealing with such a serious situation, it requires an experienced immigration attorney to provide guidance and ensure the highest chances of success.

We invite you to contact our immigration law firm at [email protected], or visit our website at for a listing of our telephone numbers. Staff is available to answer your questions.

ScottMond Law Firm

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