Contributor: Jennifer Beasley
Affiliation: University of Georgia
Years in the field: 13
Topic: Challenging International Case
F-1 student entered 3 weeks prior to program start date and she was correctly stamped in her passport as F-1 D/S. After being in the US for one week, the student decided to take a trip to Niagara Falls before classes began. During this small side trip, she crossed into Canada for a few hours. Upon reentering the US and presenting her I-20, her visa was incorrectly stamped as B-1 with a very short expiration date. The B-1 was also noted on the students I-94 record.
The advisor emailed the Deferred Inspection Office regarding this error and provided the students previous entry stamp, visa, passport, and I-20. We requested that the students record be corrected to show the F-1 status, not the B-1 status from a previous visit. The students record was corrected within a week by the Deferred Inspection Office.
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