Completing Your Program

F-1 students are expected to complete their studies by the program end date on Form I-20.

Early Completion

If you will complete your program earlier than the program end date on your current Form I-20, you must notify the Center for Global Health (CGH) as soon as possible. You must provide CGH with a letter from your academic advisor indicating your new program completion and/or graduation date. We will then update your SEVIS record and issue a new Form I-20 with the new end date. 

Grace Period

Once you have completed your program of study, you are permitted to remain in the US for 60 days following the program completion date on your Form I-20. This grace period is intended for you to be able to settle your affairs in the US and prepare to return to your home country. You are also permitted to travel within the US during this grace period.

During the 60-day grace period, you cannot do the following:

  • Apply for re-entry into the US in F-1 status
  • Apply for a program extension
  • Work or study

Post-Completion OPT

If you wish to apply for post-completion OPT employment authorization, refer to the OPT page for more information.

SEVIS Transfer to Another School

If you have been accepted into a new degree program at another SEVP-certified academic institution, and you want to transfer your F-1 SEVIS record from MUSC to the new school, you must request a Transfer Out. Refer to the SEVIS Transfers page for more information.