Permanent Departure From Morris

The University of Minnesota, Morris is required to notify Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) when a student is no longer enrolled at the institution. Whenever a student‘s record is terminated, SEVIS must be notified of the correct reason for departure(i.e., departed the U.S., changed status, etc.) be provided. The reason remains a permanent part of the record and may have an affect on a student‘s future eligibility to enter the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations state that an absence from the U.S. of five months or longer constitutes a permanent departure, even if the student has maintained enrollment. Please inform the International Student Program of your situation as it pertains to your permanent departure from Morris.

Note: Departures of less than five months from the U.S. over the break periods or the summer vacation period do not need to be reported to the International Student Program.


  • A student who has elected to permanently withdraw from the program of study should consult with an International Student Program adviser before cancelling classes. Regulations require that a student obtain prior approval from the International Student Program before withdrawing. This will allow the student to be considered legally present in the U.S. for a period of 15 days from the date of withdrawal. It also insures that the student‘s SEVIS record is terminated with the correct termination reason.

  • Students may be able to arrange a Leave of Absence with Morris if they plan to resume the program of study in the future.

  • The I-20 will not be valid for entry into the U.S. after a student has permanently withdrawn from the program. Students who elect to resume the program of study at a later date will need to request a new I-20 from the International Student Program.


  • Suspension will be reported to SEVIS.

  • The I-20 will be cancelled as a result of the suspension and cannot be used for reentry into the U.S.

  • Consult with an International Student Program adviser regarding your options.


  • SEVIS requires that students notify the International Student Program of their completion date and the date of their departure from the U.S.
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  • This insures that a student’s departure from the U.S. is properly recorded on their SEVIS record.

  • Students who have completed a program of study have a 60-day grace period in which to depart the U.S.


  • A student's SEVIS record must be electronically transferred to the new school before the new school can create an I-20.

  • Consult with an International Student Program adviser regarding intent to transfer and to determine a SEVIS “transfer release date”.

  • Students who have applications pending at multiple schools should not request a SEVIS transfer until the student has decided which school she/he will attend.


  • F-1 students who change their visa status (i.e., to H-1B, F-2, J-1, Permanent Resident, etc.) and who may or may not continue their program of study should notify the International Student Program immediately. The International Student Program will ask for a faxed copy of the new status.

  • The International Student Program will terminate the individual‘s SEVIS record based on the change in status.