What To Do If You Are Issued an I-515A
If you do not have your visa documentation (I-20, DS-2019, I-797A, etc) when entering the U.S., you may be issued an I-515A, which is a temporary 30-day admittance to the U.S. If you receive an I-515A, please do the following:
a. Stay calm! It is actually better that the port of entry officers give you an I-515A rather than deny you entry to the country. They understand, as do we, that sometimes you forget your I-20 or DS-2019 and cannot get a new one before entering the U.S. The important thing to remember is to stay calm and explain honestly to the officer what happened.
b. Bring the I-515A to the ISSO as soon as possible. We will help you put together the required documentation to address the I-515A.
c. Send the required documentation to the address given on the I-515A before your 30 days are up. As long as you do this, your visa status will not be violated.