Requesting a Leave of Absence

This webpage is intended for current international students who wish to take a leave of absence from Stevens.

In some cases, students in F-1 or J-1 status may need to take a leave from the school or cannot return to the US to resume their program due to personal circumstances etc. As F-1 or J-1 status is tied to enrollment verification during spring and fall semesters, not continuing to register for classes will directly impact your immigration status as it would lead to a termination of immigration status. Failure to enroll termination by ISSS office will leave a ‘negative’ mark on student’s status in the future.

If a student decides to take a leave of absence from the school, F-1 and J-1 regulations allow international students to apply for an Authorized Early Withdrawal (AEW) with the ISSS office. An Authorized Early Withdrawal will result in a non-violation termination of your record, and you will have only 15 days to depart the United States.

Students who wish to take a leave during the current semester without completing their program should reach out to ISSS directly for advising via [email protected]. Please do not drop classes in a current semester until ISSS approves in addition to your department/college.

Students who wish to complete the current semester and then take a leave will also need to reach out to ISSS via [email protected]. Typically, students must confirm their plans before the upcoming semester begins and make sure they have exited the US before the first day of classes if they wish to not register in the upcoming semester.

Immigration status is terminated in discussion with ISSS Staff and student must depart the U.S.

International students should reach out to ISSS office for more information and submit the Request to Depart the U.S. Early Form via [email protected].

Returning from Leave of Absence

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