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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


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.