Enrollment Terminated (ETDCC)
ETDCC (Enrollment Terminated, Degree Candidacy Continued) is a Princeton status conferred by the Graduate School to Ph.D. students who come to the end of their regular period of enrollment and support in their degree program (either four or five years). ETDCC is NOT an immigration status. ETDCC students are not enrolled students and, therefore, can not extend their F-1 immigration status unless they apply for Optional Practical Training.
Students in ETDCC status may be eligible for certain Princeton University benefits that help them make the transition from enrolled to unenrolled status. Please refer to the Graduate School website for further information about ETDCC status.
Impact of ETDCC on F-1 student status
If you are an F-1 student in ETDCC status and you do not apply for OPT (see above), because your enrollment has terminated, you will need to:
■ leave the U.S. within 60 days of the end of your I-20, OR
■ change to another immigration status (J-1 exchange visitor, H1B temporary worker, etc.) based on your individual situation.