Skip Navigation
Search

Leave of Absence

  • Requesting Leave of Absence

    Requesting Leave of Absence

    Any F-1 student who wishes to take a leave of absence must first notify Visa and Immigration Services by logging in to  accessVIS  and completing the  Ending My F-1 Status eform request.  

    With proper notification and completion of the required form, the student's SEVIS record will be terminated for the positive reason, “Authorized Early Withdrawal (AEW).” Termination of the SEVIS record for AEW should not have an adverse effect on the student's ability to return for a future semester.

    Upon termination, the student will be allotted 15 days to depart the U.S.

     

  • Returning from a Leave of Absence

    Returning from a Leave of Absence

    Returning from a leave of absence applies to students who have taken a leave of absence from Stony Brook University due to medical leave, military duty, or other reasons.  Students should begin the process to request an I-20 for readmission at least 3 months prior to the semester they wish to return.   

    • If outside of the United States for  less than 5 months you may be eligible to request to have your SEVIS record reactivated and an updated I-20 with valid travel signature issued. Please note the  reactivation of your F-1 record is at the discretion of SEVP and not guaranteed. SEVP would only accept requests for record reactivation 60 days before your semester start date.
    • Those who have been outside of the United States for more than 5 months are required to request a new I-20 (with new SEVIS ID#), pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee, and apply for a new F-1 Visa prior to their return. The 5-months is calculated from the date you departed the U.S. to the day you will return to the U.S.



      Undergraduates Returning from a Leave of Absence
    1. Contact the Registrar's Office to find out if you are required to rematriculate for the upcoming semester.  If so, you will need to complete the  Rematriculation Form .
    2. Fill out the top portion of the Major/Minor Review Form. Email it to your major academic adviser to complete Section 1. Then (if applicable) email the form to your second major academic department to complete Section 2. Lastly (if applicable) email the form to your minor academic department to complete Section 3.
    3. Register for a minimum of 12 credits for the upcoming semester.  If returning for the summer term, you must ensure you can be enrolled full time (6 credits, 3 of which can be online) for EACH session.
    4. Complete and submit the  Return from Leave of Absence (Undergrad)  request in  accessVIS , uploading proof of sufficient financial sponsorship for the remainder of your program and your completed Major/Minor Review Form. If your Net ID has expired, you'll need to request a Limited Services PIN .

    Important:   Only once all of the required steps have been completed and you have registered full-time for the upcoming term can a Form I-20 be issued.

     

    Graduate Students Returning from a Leave of Absence

    1. Complete and submit the  Readmission Form for Graduate Students  to your Graduate Program Director for approval.  
    2. Register  full-time  for the upcoming semester.  If returning for the summer term, you must ensure you can be enrolled full time (6 credits, 3 of which can be online) for EACH session.
    3. Complete and submit the  Return from Leave of Absence (Master's/PhD)  request in  accessVIS , uploading proof of sufficient financial sponsorship for the remainder of your program. If your Net ID has expired, you'll need to request a  Limited Services PIN . Upon submission of your request, an email will be sent to your Graduate Department for approval.
    Important:   Only once all of the required steps have been completed and you have registered full-time for the upcoming term can a Form I-20 be issued.