Students should notify ISSS when they have completed their academic program at UNC-Chapel Hill by completing a Departure Notice. The departure notice can be submitted online or a paper copy can be requested from the ISSS office.
Upon completion of studies, students must take one of the following actions before the end of the grace period:
1. Depart the U.S. More information on the grace period rules is below.
3. Transfer F-1 or J-1 status to continue their studies at another U.S. school. ISSS will need a copy of the admission letter and the completed Departure Notice before transferring a student’s SEVIS record to another school.
4. Change to another immigration status within the U.S. (J-1 students should consult ISSS before applying for a change of status because of the two year residency requirement).
Update to Program Completion Date in SEVIS
Upon completion of studies, a student’s SEVIS record will be updated to reflect the accurate completion date. Students may not necessarily be issued a new Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 as a result of this change, but should be aware that the date on the original document is no longer valid. Eligibility for on-campus employment ends as of the program completion date in SEVIS.
Completion of studies generally refers to the graduation date for undergraduate students. For graduate students completing a thesis or dissertation, the completion date will generally be the last day of the semester in which they defend the thesis or dissertation.
After completion of studies, international students have a grace period during which they may remain in the U.S. in legal status. For F-1 students the grace period is up to 60 days after the program completion date and for J-1 students the grace period is up to 30 days after the program completion date.