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J-1 VISA-HOLDERS, please contact the I-Center directly or your visa sponsor (eg. Fulbright, LASPAU, etc.) regarding your Leave of Absence.
Exceptions (which allow the student to remain in the U.S.) include when a student has:
Students who do not meet any of these conditions for a Leave of Absence will violate their visa status if they remain in the U.S. on an F-1 visa without enrolling.
Note to dual/multiple degree students: Students on post-OPT for one conferred degree, while on a leave of absence from another degree program, may remain in the U.S. Please ensure that the effective quarter of the leave of absence post-dates your degree conferral date.
Students requesting a Leave of Absence will need to complete and submit a general university Leave of Absence petition (found on the Registrar's website) through the I-Center.
The Leave of Absence petition requires a number of signatures, including one from an International Student Advisor. All the other required signatures must be obtained prior to submitting it to the I-Center.
Upon receiving a completed petition from the student, an I-Center Advisor will sign and fax the form to the Registrar’s office.Once a Leave of Absence petition is submitted and approved, students must depart the U.S. immediately.
Students on a Leave of Absence for less than 5 months may re-enter the U.S. using their current I-20/DS-2019 with a valid travel signature. Students should obtain a travel signature before they leave Stanford.
Students who do not have a valid travel signature must send their I-20/DS-2019 to the I-Center to get their documents signed. Please mail your document to: Bechtel I-Center, Attn: International Student Advisor, 584 Capistrano Way, Stanford, Ca 94305.
Make sure to include your return address, and allow enough time for the I-Center to mail the I-20/DS-2019 back to you. We will return all documents by regular airmail unless you request courier mail. To request courier mail, please follow the instructions at (Eship instructions)
F-1 Students on a Leave of Absence for less than 5 months must submit a request to the I-Center to reactivate their SEVIS record. The I-Center can request SEVIS to reactivate a student's record up to 30 days prior to the start date of quarter.
Please be aware that there is always a risk that it may take a long time for the SEVIS record to be activated.DO NOT TRY TO RETURN TO THE U.S. UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED THAT YOUR SEVIS RECORD IS ACTIVE OR YOU MAY BE DENIED RE-ENTRY.
Applying for a new I-20/DS-2019
To apply for a new I-20/DS-2019, please submit a completed request form along with evidence of sufficient funding to the I-Center at least 2-3 months before the start of the quarter for which you will be enrolling.
The completed form along with all supporting documentation, can be mailed/faxed to the I-Center.
Graduate students on a leave of absence of 12 months or more:
- F-1 students must request the I-20 from the Graduate Admissions Office.
- J-1 students must request the DS-2019 from the I-Center
Students on a leave of absence will have a registration hold placed on their record until their physical presence can be verified when they return to Stanford.
Once your hold is removed, you must enroll full-time. Any reduced course load approval must be approved by the Office of Accessible Education (OAE) as well as the I-Center.
Students who need to extend their leave of absence must file another Leave of Absence petition before the current leave of absence ends.