Leaving the UA

Read the information in the tabs below to learn more about the steps you need to take if you are leaving the UA. To request a SEVIS transfer, submit the Transfer Out e-form in UA International.

Transfer Out

If you have been admitted to another university in the United States, you may be eligible to transfer your F-1 SEVIS record to the new school.  

If your SEVIS record is transferred to a new school:

  • the I-20 from the new school will have the same SEVIS number as your UA I-20

  • you are not required to pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee for your new I-20

  • you can remain in the United States between the end of classes at the UA and the beginning of classes at the new school
     

When to Apply

Your eligibility to transfer your SEVIS record to a new school depends, in part, on when you would like to transfer.  In all cases, you must continue to maintain your F-1 immigration status at the UA until the date your SEVIS record is transferred to the new school.
 

Between Semesters
  • Submit your request to ISS before the start of the semester or term you will begin your new program

  • Classes at the new school must begin within 5 months of the last day you attended classes at UA

  • Your record will not be released until the last day of final exams for the semester

  • If your record has not been transferred and the fall/spring semester at UA has already started, then you will be expected to enroll full-time at the UA

  • If you have on-campus employment, your work authorization will end the date that your SEVIS record is transferred to the new school
     

After the First Day of the Fall or Spring Semester
  • Only an option if your new program starts before the end of the current semester at the UA

  • You must remain enrolled full-time at the UA and continue to attend classes until the date your SEVIS record is transferred to the new school

  • Review the Bursar’s Office Dates and Deadlines to find out the last day you can withdraw from the UA and still receive a full refund
     

After Graduation
  • Classes at the new school must begin within 5 months of the last day you attended classes at the UA

  • Your SEVIS record must be transferred to the new school before the end of the 60-day grace period following your degree completion or program end date on the I-20, whichever is earlier

  • Review Academic Changes: Program End Date for more information about determining your program end date
     

During OPT
  • Your record can be transferred before your OPT has ended or during the 60-day grace period after your OPT has ended

  • Classes at your new school must begin within 5 months of the day your record is transferred or the end date of your OPT (whichever is earlier)

  • If you transfer your record before your EAD card expires, then you will lose any remaining days of OPT work authorization

  • Select a transfer release date so you do not accrue too many days of unemployment (limit is 90 days for students on post-completion OPT and 150 days for students on STEM OPT extension)
     

How to Apply

Upload a copy of your new school's admissions letter and (if applicable) transfer in form to the Transfer Out e-form in UA International. Normal processing time is 5 business days.
 

Students with Terminated Records

It is extremely uncommon for schools to accept transferred records in terminated status. If your SEVIS record has been terminated, or you have been notified that your record will be terminated, then you are not eligible for a SEVIS transfer, unless your new school provides written confirmation to ISS that they want us to transfer your record in terminated status. You should contact the international student advisor at your new school to find out the steps to reestablish your F-1 status.
 

Travel

After your record is transferred to the new school, your UA I-20 will no longer be valid.  If you will travel outside the U.S. after your record has been transferred, you must re-enter the U.S. with the I-20 from the new school.
 

Additional Resources

Study in the States: Instructions for Transferring to Another School as an F-1 Student

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Transfer for F-1 Students

Undergraduate Authorized Early Withdrawal

If you want to take a leave of absence from school for one or more semesters, or you need to unexpectedly drop classes and leave the United States in the middle of the semester, you must apply for Authorized Early Withdrawal. Reasons to the leave the United States may include family emergencies, financial issues and personal reasons. Authorized Early Withdrawal is a termination reason in SEVIS. It is used to end your SEVIS record before your program end date, and allows you to avoid violating your F-1 status for not being enrolled full-time during the semester.
 

How do I request Authorized Early Withdrawal?

You must meet with an international student advisor to discuss your plans before initiating a drop. The advisor will provide an Authorized Early Withdrawal form for you to complete.
 

What will happen to my immigration record?

After your record is terminated for Authorized Early Withdrawal, you will have a 15-day grace period to leave the United States. Once terminated, your record cannot be reactivated or transferred to another school in the U.S. You must end all employment (on or off campus) the day your record is terminated.

You will not be eligible for immigration benefits like OPT or CPT until after you have been enrolled for one full academic year (2 semesters) on a new I-20.
 

How do I drop my Fall 2018 classes?

On or Before September 3:
  • If the semester has not started, you can drop the classes in UAccess. You must meet with an international student advisor to discuss your plans before dropping your classes. If you are outside the U.S., you can call (520) 621-4627 to schedule a phone appointment.

  • If the semester has already started, you will not be able to drop below 12 units in UAccess without ISS approval. You must meet with an international student advisor before you will be allowed to drop your classes.

  • You will not receive a grade of W for classes that you drop. You may be eligible for a partial or full refund of your tuition and fees (review the university's Refund Policies for more information).
     

After September 3:
  • To drop your classes, you must submit the Complete Withdrawal Form. The form will not be approved until after you have met with an international student advisor.

  • You will receive a grade of W for classes that you drop. You are not eligible for a tuition refund unless you are withdrawing for a medical reason (review the instructions for Medical Withdrawal before submitting the form).
     

What is the deadline to withdraw from Fall 2018?

The deadline to submit the Complete Withdrawal Form is December 5, 2018.
 

If I want to return to the UA, do I need to reapply?

You must reapply to the UA if any of the following are true:

  • You left the UA in poor academic standing (GPA below 2.0), and you missed at least one semester.

  • More than 2 consecutive semesters have passed following your withdrawal (if you withdrew and received grades of “W,” then that does not count as a semester missed).
     

How do I request a new I-20?

If you do not have to reapply:
If you have to reapply:
At least one month before the semester you plan to return, email the Document Request Form, a letter from your academic advisor that confirms your program end date, proof of funding and the Declaration of Support (if applicable) to International Student Services.
Submit the Undergraduate I-20 Request e-form in UA International. For more information, go to Readmitted Undergraduates: After Admission.

After you receive your new I-20, you must pay the SEVIS fee, and you may be required to apply for a new visa (for more information, check with the U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country).

You cannot register for classes until after you have returned to the U.S., and checked in with your immigration documents at International Student Services.

Graduate Authorized Early Withdrawal

If you want to take a leave of absence from school for one or more semesters, or you need to unexpectedly drop classes and leave the United States in the middle of the semester, you must apply for Authorized Early Withdrawal. Reasons to the leave the United States may include family emergencies, financial issues and personal reasons. Authorized Early Withdrawal is a termination reason in SEVIS. It is used to end your SEVIS record before your program end date, and allows you to avoid violating your F-1 status for not being enrolled full-time during the semester.
 

How do I request Authorized Early Withdrawal?

You must meet with an international student advisor to discuss your plans before initiating a drop. The advisor will provide an Authorized Early Withdrawal form for you to complete.
 

What will happen to my immigration record?

After your record is terminated for Authorized Early Withdrawal, you will have a 15-day grace period to leave the United States. Once terminated, your record cannot be reactivated or transferred to another school in the U.S. You must end all employment (on or off campus) the day your record is terminated.

You will not be eligible for immigration benefits like OPT or CPT until after you have been enrolled for one full academic year (2 semesters) on a new I-20.
 

How do I drop my Fall 2018 classes?

On or Before September 16:
  • You can drop your classes in UAccess. You must meet with an international student advisor to discuss your plans before dropping your classes. If you are outside the U.S., you can call (520) 621-4627 to schedule a phone appointment.

  • If you drop on or before September 3, you may be eligible for a partial or full refund of your tuition and fees (review the university's Refund Policies for more information).

  • If you drop on or before September 16, you will not receive a grade of W for classes dropped.
     

After September 16:
  • To drop your classes, you must submit the Complete Withdrawal Form. The form will not be approved until after you have met with an international student advisor.

  • You will receive a grade of W for classes that you drop. You are not eligible for a tuition refund unless you are withdrawing for a medical reason (review the instructions for Medical Withdrawal before submitting the form).
     

What is the deadline to withdraw from Fall 2018?

The deadline to submit the Complete Withdrawal Form is December 5, 2018.
 

Do I need to file anything with my department?

You do not need to apply for a Leave of Absence if you will receive a grade of W for classes dropped. You will be able to enroll for the next semester.

If you will not receive a grade of W for classes dropped, or if you will miss more than one semester, you must apply for a Leave of Absence from your program by submitting the Graduate Student Leave of Absence form.

If you do not receive a grade of W for classes dropped, and you do not have a Leave of Absence on file, then you will be discontinued from your program. A new application will be necessary for you to continue in the program and re-admission is not guaranteed. See Continuous Enrollment and Re-admission Policies for more information.

Additional information about academic, medical and personal leaves is available at the Graduate College website.
 

How do I request a new I-20?

If you do not have to reapply:
If you have to reapply:
Your I-20 will be issued by International Student Services. At least one month before the semester you plan to return, email the Document Request Form, a letter from your academic advisor that confirms your program end date, proof of funding and the Declaration of Support (if applicable) to ISS.
Your I-20 will be issued by the Graduate College.
 
Submit the Graduate I-20 Request e-form in UA International. For more information, go to International and Financial Guarantee Information.

After you receive your new I-20, you must pay the SEVIS fee, and you may be required to apply for a new visa (for more information, check with the U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country).

You cannot register for classes until after you have returned to the U.S., and checked in with your immigration documents at International Student Services.