Authorized Early Withdrawal

 

An authorized early withdrawal is a leave of absence from the U.S. that an international student may take during their program of study for family or personal reasons.  Approval for an authorized early withdrawal results in the termination of the international student’s SEVIS record.

 

Types of Authorized Early Withdrawal

International students can be authorized for two different types of authorized early withdrawal:

  • Temporary absence of less than 5 months
    • The student will return to the U.S. to resume their studies within 5 months of their SEVIS termination date
  • Absence/Withdrawal of more than 5 months
    • The student will return to the U.S. to resume their studies more than 5 months from their SEVIS termination date
    • The student will not return to the U.S. to resume their studies

 

Who is eligible for an Authorized Early Withdrawal?

International students can apply for an authorized early withdrawal if:

  • The student is currently in valid F-1 student status.
  • The student will leave the U.S. for the duration of the authorized early withdrawal.

 

Who is NOT eligible for an Authorized Early Withdrawal?

International students CANNOT apply for an authorized early withdrawal if:

  • The student does not plan to leave the U.S.

 

Important Points to Remember

  • Students must allow 5 full business days after submission of a complete application for the Center for International Studies to process their request.
  • International students must depart the U.S. within 15 calendar days from their SEVIS termination.
  • If an international student has an on-campus job, the employment will end the day that SEVIS termination occurs.
  • If an international student has CPT authorization, the authorization will end the day that SEVIS termination occurs.
  • All dependents in F-2 status will be terminated when the F-1 SEVIS record is terminated and must leave the U.S. at the same time as the F-1 student visa holder.
  • International students are responsible for meeting with the Business Services Office and paying any remaining balances before their departure from the U.S.
  • International students who are employed as graduate assistants are responsible for discussing the impact of their authorized early withdrawal with their supervisor.
  • International students are responsible for filing for a Health Insurance Refund if they would like a refund for the health insurance premium paid.
  • International students are not required to maintain St. Cloud State University health insurance if they are out of the country while their SEVIS record is inactive. However, if they do not maintain insurance and a break in coverage occurs, they must wait one year or longer to receive benefits for any pre-existing condition.
  • International students have 5 months from the date their SEVIS record is terminated or the next session start date, whichever is earlier, to return to the U.S. to resume studies on their current SEVIS record.
  • As your HuskyNet email account may be deactivated if you are not enrolled in any courses, please provide the Center for International Studies with your current personal email address.
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