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F-1 Grace Period

  • Overview

    An F-1 student may remain in the United States for up to 60 days beyond:

    • the completion of the program of study; and 
    • the completion date of any authorized Post-Completion Optional Practical Training.
  • Completion of Studies

    Completion of Studies and Grace Periods

    The completion of studies on the I-20 is considered the end of the program, and the grace period begins unless you have applied for Post-Completion OPT, requested an F-1 transfer to another school, have been approved for a higher degree level at SBU, or have applied for a change to another qualifying status. 

    Note that these actions must occur prior to the expiration of the 60 day 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.

  • End of Grace Period

    End of 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

    Restrictions During the Grace Period

    • You may not reenter the U.S. in F-1 status based upon the 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 the Form I-20 and the start of valid Optional Practical Training, except that students may apply for admission to the U.S. if complying with the documentation requirements outlined on the travel page.

  • Timeline Illustration

    Timeline Illustration of F-1 Duration of Status and Grace Periods 

    F-1 Grace Period Chart