May 25, 2023
As you start your summer and prepare to apply to participate in optional practical training with U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS), be…
As an F or M student, upon arrival at a U.S. port of entry, you must have:
If you don’t meet these qualifications, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer may deny your entry into the United States. However, instead of denying your entry, the officer may issue you a Form I-515A, “Notice to Student or Exchange Visitor.”
The Form I-515A allows you to enter the United States but requires that you mail the documentation that the CBP officer asked for to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) within 30 days.
If you receive a Form I-515A, you should:
If you receive a Form I-515A, it is very important that you send your response to SEVP within 30 days. If you do not, it may negatively affect your F or M status and you may be required to depart the United States.
For more information on how to avoid receiving a Form I-515A, read the “Avoiding a Form I-515A” one-pager in the Resource Library. For step-by-step instructions on how to satisfy the requirements of the Form I-515A, read the Form I-515A Overview page or the “Handling a Form I-515A” downloadable resource.