Form I-515 – Temporary Entry, with mandatory Reporting Requirements
The Form I-515 is sometimes issued by U.S. Department of Homeland Security officers inside U.S. airports or at U.S. border crossings, when an F-1/J-1 student's or scholar's documentation is missing some items, or if the student's or scholar's documentation has raised some minor questions. The I-515 can be issued to F-2 and J-2 family members as well. The I-515 allows an international student or scholar to have temporary admission into the United States for 30 days, so that they can correct any paperwork issues that prevented their admission for a longer period of time. To maintain legal nonimmigrant student status, the student, scholar or visa holder must address the requests on the Form I-515A promptly – a specific deadline will be issued by the officers at the border crossing.
Beginning on April 1, 2016, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will send "Intent to Terminate" notices to students and exchange visitors and their dependents who have failed to comply with the Form I-515A directive by the specified deadline. Recipients of the "Intent to Terminate" notices will have 14 days, as of the date the letter is sent, to respond to the Form I-515A. Failure to comply will result in the termination of their SEVIS record.
Therefore, it is vitally important that you contact the Center for International Education and Services immediately upon receiving a I-515A. Do not hesitate, delay, or put off the mandatory response required to regain full time student status. Contact TheWorld@memphis.edu with any concerns regarding the I-515.