Termination or Completion of Program
1. Completion of Studies (Graduation)
Students who complete all their degree requirements (including thesis) in a timely fashion have two options:
- Apply for Optional Practical Training (F-1 students) or Academic Training (J-1 students) within the required timeframe.
- Depart the U.S. within the allowed grace period (see #2) following completion of studies.
- F-1 Students have a 60-day grace period after your program completion date OR your I-20 end date, whichever is earlier, to depart the U.S. During the grace period, you may remain in the U.S. but if you leave the U.S., you may not re-enter the U.S. in F-1 status on the same I-20 form for the same program.
- J-1 Students have a 30-day-grace period after your program completion date OR your DS-2019 end date, whichever is earlier, to depart the U.S. During the grace period, you may remain in the U.S. but if you leave the U.S., you may not re-enter the U.S. in J-1 status on the same DS-2019 form for the same program.
ETDCC only applies to graduate students. For immigration purposes, ETDCC status is considered the same as completion of your studies. You are eligible to apply for OPT (F-1 students) or AT (J-1 students) or to depart the U.S. within 60 days (F-1 students) or 30 days (J-1) following your ET/DCC status effective start date.
Termination of a student's F-1 or J-1 program may occur for any of the reasons listed below. Students whose program was terminated due to any of these reasons have 15 days after the official termination date to depart the U.S. Students who terminate their program before completion should meet with their international advisor as soon as possible prior to their departure.
- Voluntary or required withdrawal
- Leave of absence
- Failure to qualify for graduation