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Reinstating a former member of your organization

Organization owners can invite former organization members to rejoin your organization, and choose whether to restore the person's former role, access permissions, forks, and settings.

If you remove a user from your organization, convert an organization member to an outside collaborator, or a user is removed from your organization because you've required members and outside collaborators to enable two-factor authentication (2FA), the user's access privileges and settings are saved for three months. You can restore the user's privileges if you invite them back to the organization within that time frame.

You can send an invitation to reinstate a user's privileges and access to the organization before they have enabled two-factor authentication and they must enable 2FA before they can accept your invitation to rejoin the organization.

When you reinstate a former organization member, you can restore:

  • The user's role in the organization

  • Any private forks of repositories owned by the organization

  • Membership in the organization's teams

  • Previous access and permissions for the organization's repositories

  • Stars for organization repositories

  • Issue assignments in the organization

  • Repository subscriptions (notification settings for watching, not watching, or ignoring a repository's activity)


    • If an organization member was removed from the organization because they did not use two-factor authentication and your organization still requires members to use 2FA, the former member must enable two-factor authentication before you can reinstate their membership.
    • Only organization owners can invite users to join an organization. For more information, see "Permission levels for an organization."
    • If your organization has a paid per-user subscription, an unused license must be available before you can reinstate a former organization member. For more information, see "About per-user pricing." Pending invitations will expire after 7 days, restoring any unclaimed licenses.
  1. In the top right corner of GitHub, click your profile photo, then click Your profile.

    Profile photo

  2. On the left side of your profile page, under "Organizations", click the icon for your organization.

    organization icons

  3. Under your organization name, click People.

    The People tab

  4. On the People tab, click Invite member.

    Invite member button

  5. Type the username of the person you want to reinstate and click Invite.

  6. Choose whether to restore that person's previous privileges in the organization or clear their previous privileges and set new access permissions, then click Invite and reinstate or Invite and start fresh.

    Choose to restore info or not

  7. If you cleared the previous privileges for a former organization member, choose a role for the user, and optionally add them to some teams, then click Send invitation.

    Role and team options and send invitation button

  8. The invited person will receive an email inviting them to the organization. They will need to accept the invitation before becoming a member of the organization. You can edit or cancel an invitation any time before the user accepts.

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