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Departing the U.S.

Any F-1 student discontinuing their education at Stony Brook due to completion of their academic program, leave of absence, or change of status, must first notify Visa and Immigration Services by logging in to accessVIS and completing the Ending My F-1 Status eform request.

Completion of Studies and Grace Periods

The completion of studies date on the I-20 is considered the end of the program. The grace period begins on this date unless:

  • You have applied for post-completion OPT
  • You have requested an F-1 transfer to another school
  • You have been approved for a higher degree level at SBU
  • You have applied for a change to another qualifying status

Note:  These changes must occur prior to the expiration of your grace period

Please be aware that the end date of the I-20 will be shortened if you end your studies early or complete your academic program prior to the end date on your Form I-20.

Grace Period Information

F-1 completion of program
F-1 approved withdrawal
Suspension or termination of status

End of the Grace Period

The grace period ends when you depart the U.S., or no later than 60 days after the end of the I-20 or your EAD card (if on OPT), whichever comes first.

Restrictions During the Grace Period

  • You may not reenter the U.S. in F-1 status using your current I-20
  • You may not apply for a program extension
  • You may not work or study

These same standards apply to any periods in-between the program end date on Form I-20 and the start of valid OPT authorization, except that students may apply for admission to the U.S. if complying with the documentation requirements outlined on the travel page.