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Leave of Absence

  • Requesting Leave of Absence

    Requesting Leave of Absence

    Any J-1 student discontinuing their education at Stony Brook to take a leave of absence (not enroll in classes for a semester or more) must first notify Visa and Immigration Services by logging in to  accessVIS  and completing the  Ending My J-1 Status eform request.  

    Upon approval of your request, your J-1 SEVIS record will be terminated for “authorized early withdrawal” and you are allotted 15 days to depart the U.S.

    If you have questions about how your absence will affect your status at Stony Brook, or if you wish to discuss your plans in greater detail, you may call VIS (631-632-7082) to make an appointment with an advisor or email an advisor at .

    Important Grace Period Information:

    30 Days for J-1 Completion of Program: If you have completed your academic course work or academic training you are allotted 30 days to prepare for departure from the U.S.

    15 Days for J-1 Approved Withdrawal: If you have been granted authorized withdrawal due to a leave of absence, medical leave or military leave your SEVIS record will be terminated and you are allotted 15 days to depart the U.S.

    Immediate Departure for Suspension or Termination of Status: If you fail to maintain a full course load or otherwise fail to maintain your J-1 immigration status, you are not eligible for a grace period and must depart the U.S. immediately.

  • Readmission Following Leave

    Readmission Following Leave

    Readmission 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 DS-2019 for readmission at least three (3) months prior to the semester they wish to return.

    When you are ready to resume your program of study at Stony Brook, you will need to request a new DS-2019, pay the SEVIS fee online, and apply for a new J-1 visa. Be advised that you cannot re-enter the U.S. with your old DS-019.

    Three months before you plan to return to Stony Brook, email with your name, university ID number, and the semester in which you plan to resume your studies. We will assist you in obtaining a new DS-2019. You will be asked to provide us with updated information, including your passport identity page and financial documentation.