International students should not take a leave of absence or withdraw from Eastern Washington University without first speaking with an immigration advisor in the Office of Global Initiatives (OGI) about the consequences of this action. Completing the authorized early withdrawal process provides an opportunity to reactivate F-1 status at a later date under specific circumstances.
This form should be completed by F-1 and J-1 students who
- intend to take a temporary leave of absence from EWU (less than 5 months); or
- intend to withdraw from EWU completely and depart the United States; or
- intend to drop below a full time status, based on a change of status being granted (proof of your new status will be required)
A student who has an Authorized Early Withdrawal processed for any reason must depart the United States with their dependents.
- F-1 students who complete the Authorized Early Withdrawal before dropping any classes have a 15 day grace period form their effective withdrawal date to depart the US.
- F-1 students who withdraw without prior DSO authorization must depart immediately.
- J-1 students who complete the Authorized Early Withdrawal process should coordinate carefully with OGI, as there is no grace period to depart. You should plan to depart within 7 days or less of submitting your request.
- F-2/J-2 dependents must leave the US with or before the F-1/J-1 student
Students who file for a change of visa category status through USCIS are strongly urged to maintain valid F-1/J-1nonimmigrant status until new status is granted. Authorized Early Withdrawal does require you to depart the United States, which will void your change of status application, unless you have received specific permission from USCIS.
This form should not be completed by any student who intends to maintain their F-1 or J-1 status in the US or any student who plans to participate in authorized research or study abroad.
Students intending to transfer to another institution during the academic term should use the Transfer Out form, and remain enrolled and attend classes until their SEVIS record has been transferred to the new institution.
It is the student's responsibility to timely request an Authorized Early Withdrawal or Leave of Absence
SEVIS records will be terminated for “authorized early withdrawal” based on the date of withdrawal that they have indicated, immediately informing the US Department of Homeland Security that the student and any dependents are withdrawing and triggering a grace period count down.
Authorized Early Withdrawal cannot be reversed once processed. It is the student’s responsibility to notify Office of Global Initiatives immediately and in writing, or through their Eagles email, PRIOR to the withdrawal date if their circumstances change and they no longer want to withdraw.
Authorized Early Withdrawal is immigration related only, it does not drop a student from classes. Students are responsible for taking all necessary steps to withdraw from their classes through the Registrar’s office
Starting on the date of Authorized Early Withdrawal (or when a student drops classes without authorization) students cannot work on or off campus, regardless of any work authorizations that may have previously been approved by OGI or by USCIS)
In order to return to the US and resume study at EWU an F-1 student who has been authorized for withdrawal and has left the US timely, may need to take different steps depending on the situation:
Students who have not been enrolled for 5 months or more; or who did not depart the United States within their grace period after authorized withdrawal, or who were otherwise in violation of status are required to obtain a new SEVIS I-20 and pay a new SEVIS I-901 fee before returning to the US
Students at the undergraduate/bachelor’s level who have not been enrolled for 3 quarters or two semesters must apply for readmission to EWU, obtain a new SEVIS I-20 and repay the SEVIS I-901 fee to the US government.
Graduate students should discuss student status with their department and take steps accordingly.
You must submit a SEVIS Reactivation request to OGI and receive approval from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) within the US Department of Homeland Security prior to returning. Requests for reactivation can be submitted no earlier than 60 days before the start of the academic term that you are returning to.
- Student submits SEVIS Reactivation Request
- OGI submits the request to SEVP via SEVIS
- SEVP takes one of the following actions
- Requests more information; or
- Denies; or
- OGI informs the student via Eagles email whether additional information is required, and if the request is denied or approved
- If the request is approved, the student’s SEVIS record is reactivated along with the records of any dependents, and their I-20s become valid (although you still need a travel signature provided in the preceding 12 months when you return to the US)
See the SEVIS Reactivation Request for additional information.