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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Please join the Digital Media Department for a lecture by  Alina Chau.
    Chau is an Animator, Illustrator and Storyboard artist who has worked with Lucasfilm Animation, Technicolor Interactive Services, and Electronic Arts.  
    Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

  • Joe Sola (‘99)’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums including: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum, The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Andy Warhol Museum  and Kunsthaus Gras, Austria, Museum of Modern Art Jean-Duc, Luxembourg. Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City.  His performances have taken place at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, MOT International in London, 356 Mission Rd, Los Angeles.


Reinstatement & Re-Entry


An F-1 student who has violated their F-1 status may submit a Reinstatement of Status application to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) through ELIS.

USCIS may choose to reinstate the student to lawful status if:

  • The violation of status resulted from circumstances beyond the student’s control or failure to receive reinstatement to F-1 status would result in extreme hardship to the student;
  • The student is currently pursuing, or intending to pursue, a full course of study at the school which issued the I-20  form;
  • The student has not engaged in unauthorized employment;
  • The termination of status occurred less than five months ago;
  • The student is not deportable on any grounds other than overstaying or failing to maintain status.


There are two ways to regain status: apply for reinstatement or depart the U.S. and seek a new admission to the U.S. in F-1 status.


OPTION 1: Reinstatement Application Procedure

STEP 1: Make an appointment with the PDSO located in the Center for International Education


STEP 2: You Need To Bring The Following Documents To the Center for International Education

  • Write a detailed letter explaining the circumstances that led to the status violation. The letter must address the above points. Submit any documentation or evidence that may support your letter. The letter should be no more than one page in length.


  • Provide documentation of your funding by submitting a bank statement showing sufficient funds to cover the cost of your education. If you are using a family member’s bank statement in support of your application, include a letter from the family member confirming their financial sponsorship. You may submit an updated copy of your graduate assistantship appointment letter, if applicable.


STEP 3: The Center for International Education will Issue The Following:

New I-20 indicating reinstatement.

  • PDSO support letter for the purpose of the reinstatement application.


STEP 4: You Will Create an Account on USCIS ELIS:  https://elis.uscis.dhs.gov/

Read and follow the instructions carefully when creating your user name and password.     

Log off and prepare the following steps.  


STEP 5: You Will Scan (and upload) the following documents:

  • Student’s letter (Step 2. Point 1).
  • Supporting letter from DSO.
  • Other supporting documents in regards to your reinstatement.
  • Bank statement/financial documents.
  • Affidavit of support form.
  • Government ID: passport, driver’s license.
  • F-1 visa page (if applicable)
  • I-94 front and back.
  • I-20
  • *There may be other supporting documents that you should scan/upload depending on your case.


STEP 6: You Will Log back in to ELIS with your user name and password (pin may be required)

  • Begin online application.  (If you are unsure of the questions, read the tips given to you on the right)
  • The application is divided in to various sections. Each section contains a number of sub-items that must be filled out entirely.
  • Read each step carefully and answer truthfully.
  • Have a credit or debit card ready in the end to pay the $290 application fee.
  • Seek a lawyer if your case is complicated.


OPTION 2: Travel and Reentry

In some cases it may be advisable to depart the U.S. and re-enter with a new I-20, rather than applying for reinstatement. You may do this by obtaining a new I-20 from the school you are currently attending or wish to attend, then departing the U.S., applying for a new F-1 visa if the F-1 visa stamp in your passport has expired, and returning to the U.S.

Note that students who violated status are not eligible for automatic visa re-validation. A re-entry to the U.S. after a status violation is viewed by Immigration as "initial attendance" in F-1 status. As such, you are bound by restrictions placed on new students, such as the academic year waiting period for eligibility for practical training.