Why did I receive an I-515A Form

When a Port of Entry (POE) issues you a Form I-515A, you need to report to your Designated School Official (DSO) immediately. Your DSO will assist you by providing the proper guidance or documentation required to complete the submission process within the 30 day allotment of time. If these documents are not received within 30 days of your entry into the United States, you will not be in legal status and must leave.

Please bring the following documents when coming into our office:

  • The completed Form I-515 or I-515A;
  • An original, signed SEVIS Form I-20 or DS-2019 signed by an official from the school;
  • The original I-94 Arrival/ Departure Record

What is the "I‐515A" Form?

The I‐515A is a form issued to international students/scholars/dependents by a United States Port of Entry (POE) when the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer is not satisfied with the admission documentation that a student/scholar/dependent provides. For example, the border patrol may issue an I‐515A if the I‐20 or DS‐2019 is missing a valid travel signature.

The I‐515A Form allows temporary entry into the United States of no more than 30 days.

The Form I‐94 (the little white card stapled to your passport) is your "Arrival/Departure Record." CBP will issue you a new I-94 in conjunction with the Form I‐515A.

An F or J student who does not comply with the terms of the Form I‐515A is not legally present in the country once the date on the Form I‐94 expires. You must receive a revised or new I‐94 from SEVP to remain in the United States.

Once you have visited our office with the proper documentation we will mail your documentation for you. The documentation is to be MAILED to:

Student and Exchange Visitor Program
Potomac Center North
500 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20024-6121

Mailing these forms and the supporting documentation, by USPS, FEDEX, or UPS, to the address above is the only accepted practice. Once the documents are received by mail they will be processed and returned within 10 to 15 business days. If the DSO has not received the adjudicated documents back within this time frame, they may inquire by email at SEVIS.SOURCE@dhs.gov or phone on 703-603-3400.

If a student or exchange visitor is leaving the United States within that 30 day period, they are to fax copies of the I-515A, their I-94 departure card and their airline ticket to 703-603-3597 Attn: I-515A Processing Team. This will satisfy the compliance requirement for those individuals.

For more information please visit www.ice.gov or download Form I-515A Information.