October 10, 2019
Designated school officials (DSOs) must register their Initial and Active international students in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information…
Upon completion of your program of study at a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school and any authorized period of practical training, you have a grace period during which you can stay in the United States. The length of your grace period depends on your visa type.
Your program end date is the official date listed on your current Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.” The latest date you may remain in the United States is the “admit until” date on your Form I-94, “Arrival/Departure Record,” unless you have filed for an extension or practical training benefits with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
You may not depart and return to the United States during your grace period. If you depart the United States before the end of your grace period, the rest of the grace period is lost.
If you do not complete your program of study or do not maintain your F-1 or M-1 status, you may not receive the full grace period. Ask your designated school official (DSO) for guidance on how soon you must depart the United States.
If you fail to depart during your post-completion grace period, this could adversely impact your ability to re-enter the United States under a different nonimmigrant or immigrant classification in the future.
If you wish to extend your stay in the United States, talk with your DSO to learn more about the following options: