I am an international student in San Francisco, and I was out of status for a period no later than the limit of 5 months before I got accepted to my current school. After I got accepted I started the process of reinstating my F1 visa status, but then because of my school advisor who gave me the wrong address to file the form i-539 (she gave me the adress for applying form i-797C which was 1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85034) my reinstatement request was denied as the office for applying form i-539 didn't get any of my documents. This is not my fault as I already sent all those documents as requested and it should be there, but at the wrong office. This was an error of miscommunication and I am hoping I can fight on this issue. Please let me know if someone has answers
Calm down. Not all is lost. There is still hope to remedy this unfortunate situation .
You need a good immigration lawyer in the Bay Area to to prepare a request for a "nunc pro tunc" (retroactive) reinstatement by arguing the "through no fault of his own" exception..
Edward LITWIN is a fantastic lawyer for these kinds of situations. If you don't mind calling Los Angeles, Carl SHUSTERMAN is also a fabulous immigration expert. I am sorry I am too far south for you. I have filed quote a few of these cases in the last few years and been successful with most. But the two lawyers I just recommended are giants of immigration law. Call one first thing tomorrow morning!
I agree with my colleague. You need to speak with an immigration attorney immediately. It's unfortunate that your Designated School Official put a wrinkle in your plans, but it will be fixed. If you found this answer helpful, kindly consider marking it HELPFUL or BEST ANSWER. Good luck with your studies.
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