F-1 international students who need to leave the United States for no more than 5 months, and are unable to maintain full-time student status while outside of the U.S. must receive authorization for a Leave of Absence (LOA) from OISS and their academic department.
LOA Requirements for the Student
- You must be outside the U.S. during the LOA
- You must be in good academic standing
- You must be approved for a LOA by the OISS and the academic department
The Leave of Absence Form must be filled out by your advisor or department chair. We recommend that you speak to your department about the academic consequences of an LOA (i.e. will you be able to return to your academic program after the LOA?).
LOA Exceeding 5 Months
Students who will be outside the U.S. for longer than 5 months for an LOA will need to apply for a new visa even if your current visa has not expired.
You must contact OISS at least two months prior to returning to Grand View to request a new I-20 to present to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate when applying for your new visa.
You will also need to pay the SEVIS fee again.
Learn how to apply for a new visa
Returning From LOA
All students returning from an LOA must report to OISS immediately after returning to the United States.
Students must bring the following documents when reporting to OISS:
- Stamped I-20
- I-94 card
- Visa in passport