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F – 1 Students

Departure from the U.S.A

Temporary Departure from the University of Minnesota

SEVIS requires notification any time a student temporarily departs the U.S. during all or a portion of the academic year. Consequently, it is extremely important that prior to departing the U.S. either permanently or temporarily students consult with an ISSS adviser to discuss their plans. Note: Departures from the U.S. over the break periods or the summer vacation period do not need to be reported to ISSS.

Temporary Absence of Less than 5 Months During All or Part of Academic Term
  • Students who depart the U.S. over the break period or the summer vacation are not required to report the departure to ISSS.
  • Students who will be outside the U.S. during a term in the academic year must report the absence to ISSS prior to departure. An absence of less than 5 months must be entered in SEVIS, especially if the student is not enrolled.
  • Students who enroll part-time and are present in the U.S. for a portion of the term must complete an Reduced Course Load form and submit it at the beginning of the term.
Temporary Absence of More than 5 Months
  • The Department of Homeland Security considers an absence of more than 5 months to be permanent and requires that the student’s SEVIS record be terminated. This applies to students who are not enrolled or who have not submitted an Reduced Course Load form for the term during which they’ll be absent.
  • Consult with an ISSS adviser prior to departure to inform ISSS of intent, departure date and anticipated return date. This will insure your SEVIS record accurately reflects your status.
  • Termination of a student’s SEVIS record cancels the I-20. Consequently, a student will need to request a new I-20 for his/her return to resume study.
  • Upon returning to the U.S. to resume study after an absence of more than 5 months, when the student’s record was terminated, the student will need to satisfy a new academic year full-time requirement before being eligible to pursue Curricular Practical Training or Optional Practical Training.