Types of breaks available
If you need to take a break from your studies for a short time period, please come to the ISSC for advisement on how an absence from studies will impact your F-1/J-1 status.
Next Steps for Leave of Absence, Complete Session Withdrawal & Compassionate Withdrawal
Taking a break from studies will impact your SEVIS record. Here's what you should do:
First, discuss and obtain approval for the withdrawal from your academic unit.
Request signature/approval from the ISSC. We will review the immigration implications with you so you know how this will influence your F-1/J-1 status.
Once withdrawal is complete, your SEVIS Record will be closed, meaning your I-20 will be no longer valid for use. You will be required to depart the United States within 15 days of approval.
How will a Withdrawal affect your OPT eligibility?
If you take a break from your studies and return later, your OPT clock will be reset. When you return to study, you have to maintain your F-1 status for at least one academic year before you are eligible for OPT. If you only have one semester left to complete your degree program, you will not be eligible for OPT.