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F – 1 Students



International F-1 Student Returning After a Leave of Absence of Longer Than 5 Months

All F-1 students returning to the University of Minnesota after being outside of the U.S. after a leave of absence will need to follow the steps listed below. This includes individuals who returned home for military service.

We recommend beginning this process 3 to 6 months before you wish to return to the University to resume your studies.

Steps to Complete

Please complete all of the following steps in the order shown to avoid problems. If you have questions, email, or call +1 612-626-7100.   

  1. If you are an undergraduate student, contact your college academic advisor regarding the readmission or reactivation process, or visit your college website (see the list below). The readmission and status reactivation process varies by college, and it may take a few days to several weeks. You are advised to discuss what classes you should take during the first semester after your return. A registration time will be assigned to you.
    If you are a graduate student, contact your program or department.
  2. Once your have been readmitted and reactivated to your program, contact ISSS, and you will be directed to an F-1 adviser who will assist you in obtaining an I-20. Download and complete the Returning Financial Certification Form. Once completed, submit the form to the ISSS adviser who has been assisting you. If you are a graduate student and will be holding an assistantship, you must include a copy of your award letter. If you are an undergraduate student and had the Global Excellence Scholarship, please contact
  3. When your Returning Financial Certification Form is received, ISSS will prepare your new I-20. It will take 7 business days for your new I-20 to be created. If you request that your I-20 be sent express mail, ISSS will send  you an email with information about the process.
  4. After your new I-20 is shipped, the AI hold (Determine Visa Status) on your student record will be temporarily removed so you can register for classes. If you are an undergraduate student and do not know your registration time, contact your college advisor. You will be able to register for classes before you arrive on campus.
  5. Go to, and try to login to see if your email address is active. If it is not, complete the form on the One Stop website to request that it be reactivated.
  6. Register for classes.
    Please Note: The UMN began using a new registration system in 2015. For instructions on the new system, see the How to Guides on the One Stop website.
  7. Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee, and print and save your receipt. You will need to bring this receipt to your F-1 Visa interview or to the immigration inspection process when you enter the U.S.
  8. If your F-1 visa is still valid (has not expired) you do not need to apply for a new one. You may use your existing visa and your new UMN I-20 to enter the U.S. when you return to resume your studies at UMN. If your current F-1 visa will expire before you return to the U.S., you will need to obtain a new one; contact the nearest U.S. embassy for information.
  9. If you need to obtain a new visa, schedule your interview at the nearest U.S. Consulate, preferably in your home country. Complete the Form DS-160. Prepare all the necessary documents for your interview. A list of required documents can be found on the State Department's website.
  10. Arrive on campus at least a few days before the first day of classes. The earliest arrival date is indicated on your I-20 as “Earliest Admission Date” in section 3. When deciding when to arrive, remember to include time to find housing (if necessary).
  11. Before the start of classes, you must check-in at ISSS by going to the Welcome Center (190 Humphrey Center) during Walk-In Hours. If you are unable to go to the office during these times, email to make an appointment with an ISSS adviser. You may lose your F-1 status if you do not check-in with ISSS before the start of classes.
    Bring the following documents when you come to ISSS:
    • Passport
    • I-20
    • If you have F-2 dependents, bring their passport(s) and I-20(s). Dependents do not need to come to ISSS.

    The AI hold on your student record will not be removed until you check-in and your documents have been processed.

Contact Information for the Student Services Office in Each Undergraduate College

College of Biological Sciences (CBS) Student Services

Address: 3-104 Molecular and Cellular Biology Building (MCB)
Phone Number: +1 612-624-9717
Additional Information: Students should pick an advisor (do so by clicking on "contact an advisor" on the first link) and email her/him with any questions

College of Design (CDes) Student Services

Address: 32 McNeal Hall
Phone Number: +1 612-626-9068
Or Contact Laurie Gardner directly at 612-624-3635,
Hours/Additional Information: Contact your advisor at

College of Education & Human Development (CEHD) Student Services

Address: 360 Education Sciences Building
Phone Number: +1 612-625-3339
Hours/Additional Information: Drop-in advising hours are different for each advisor; a list of each adviser’s drop-in times are listed on their profile page

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) Student Services

Address: 130 Coffey Hall, St. Paul Campus
Phone Number: +1 612-301-2389
Hours/Additional Information: Drop-in advising (10-15 minute sessions)
Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-Noon and 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Student Services

Address: 16 Johnston Hall
Phone Number: +1 612-625-2020
Hours/Additional Information: Drop-in hours for 5-10 minute questions occur Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at 16 Johnston Hall

College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Student Services

Address: 105 Lind Hall
Phone Number: +1 612-624-2890
Hours/Additional Information: Drop-in hours are 2:00–4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday . If the student filed a Leave of Absence form with a return date, no readmission form will be needed before coming back

Carlson (CSOM) Undergraduate Progam Office

Address: 2-190 Hanson Hall
Phone Number: +1 612-624-3313
Hours/Additional Information: Drop-in advising hours are 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday