Withdrawal from Program of Study or Completion of F-1/J-1 Status

Students withdrawing from UC San Diego or ending their post-completion employment authorization prior to their completion date must report their withdrawal to the International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) to complete their F-1 or J-1 status.

Students changing from F-1/J-1 status to another status, such as H-1B or E-2, must also report this change in order for their current status to be completed accordingly.

Withdrawing from UC San Diego

Students who plan to withdraw from their UC San Diego program of study with no intention to complete their degree requirements must complete and submit the following:

PLEASE NOTE: Students withdrawing from UC San Diego must depart the USA no later than 15 days after the date of withdrawal.

Withdrawing from Post-Completion Employment

Students who plan to withdraw from their post-completion employment with no intention to return to the USA to continue employment must complete and submit the following:

  • F-1/J-1 Status Completion form
  • Copy of EAD card (F-1 students) or DS-2019 (J-1 students) showing employment authorization dates
  • Copy of airline ticket or itinerary showing date of departure

PLEASE NOTE: Students withdrawing from post-completion OPT must depart the USA within the appropriate grace period. Please speak to an international student advisor if you are unsure of what your grace period is.

Changing from F-1 or J-1 Status to Another Status

Changing to another non-immigrant status, such as H-1B, H-4, F-2, E-2, etc.

Students who change from F-1 or J-1 status to another non-immigrant status must complete and submit the following:

Adjusting to immigrant/permanent resident status

Students who adjust to immigrant/permanent resident status must complete and submit the following:

  • F-1/J-1 Status Completion form
  • Copy of I-797 approval notice OR
  • Copy of US Permanent Resident card (green card) OR
  • Travel document OR
  • Memorandum of Understanding (must meet with an international student advisor if submitting a Memorandum of Understanding)