Issa Leaving Nd

Leaving Notre Dame

Whether you are leaving Notre Dame permanently, studying abroad, or taking a leave of absence, you have responsibilities associated with your visa status that should be reviewed. 

Graduation

Sixty days and thirty days before your program end date, you will receive an email from ISSA with information about your options upon completion of your program.  

If your graduation date does not match the program end date on your I-20 or DS-2019, please notify ISSA to correct your documents and inquire after the necessary information. 

Grace Period Following Completion of Program

After completing your course of study or post-completion work authorization, you are granted a grace period: 

  • F-1 students and their dependents are granted a 60-day grace period
  • J-1 students and their dependents are granted a 30-day grace period

Failure to depart the U.S. before the end of your grace period is a violation of the F-1 and J-1 status and could affect future attempts to enter the U.S. Students who do not complete their programs, including those who are suspended/terminated from their academic programs, are not entitled to the grace period and should consult with ISSA to discuss departure plans.   

Study or Research Abroad

If you will study abroad or conduct research abroad with a Notre Dame-sponsored program during the fall or spring semesters, you must report this in ISSAlink prior to departing. ISSA must to report to SEVIS upon registration that you are studying abroad. Depending on how long your program is, you may need to make arrangements for ISSA to issue an updated I-20 for travel back to the U.S. 

If you will study abroad with a non-Notre Dame sponsored program, this will be considered a Leave of Absence. Please contact an ISSA advisor before you confirm your participation in the program, as the Leave of Absence may impact your work authorization opportunities. 

Transfer from Notre Dame

If you will transfer from Notre Dame to another institution, it is recommended that you also transfer your SEVIS record. To initiate the transfer of your SEVIS record, complete the Transfer Out Request form in ISSAlink. Once you have transferred your record, you must begin coursework at the new school within five months of completing coursework at Notre Dame or any post-completion OPT. 

F-1 Students

If you transfer during your program, your transfer date must be after the last day of classes in the current semester. If you transfer after completing your program, you must transfer within your 60-day grace period. While on OPT, you can arrange to transfer your record at any time through the 60 day grace period, though the transfer will automatically complete your OPT authorization.

J-1 Students    

All transfers must be set before your current program end date, and there can be no break in program dates. J-1 SEVIS records cannot be transferred during the 30-day grace period. 

Leave of Absence from Notre Dame

In most instances, a leave of absence requires that you depart the U.S. and ISSA terminate your SEVIS record. There are few situations in which an F-1 or J-1 student may take a leave of absence from Notre Dame and remain in the U.S., so it is important that you contact ISSA to determine your options.  

Withdrawal

If you will withdraw from the university, contact ISSA to determine your options.

Suspensions and Terminations

If you are suspended or terminated from your program, you are considered to have violated your immigration status. ISSA is required to report this termination to DHS. Students who are terminated do not have any grace period. If you receive notice that you have been suspended or terminated, talk to an ISSA advisor to determine your options.