Students who wish to leave SAU need to follow the correct withdrawal process to ensure they are not billed or penalized for leaving without notice.
So, if you know you will not return to SAU, or need to take a leave of absence, make sure you follow the proper withdrawal procedures:
- First, talk to your DSO about your decision.
- To withdraw from the university, students need to go to Student Life and complete the university withdrawal process. This may take some time, so don’t wait until your last day.
- Upon withdrawing from the university students have 15 days to leave the US.
Transferring to another school as an F1 student must follow certain regulations for students to remain in status. The start of the process is getting accepted to another program, but it is important to follow the proper SEVIS transfer process in a timely manner.
Students may apply to many schools so it is important that students do not submit the Transfer Request form until they know without a doubt that this is the school the wish to attend. Once your SEVIS record is transferred or “released” SAU no longer has access to it. It is deactivated in our SEVIS records. The new school then has control of the record. So if ISS transfers your record to a school but you change your mind it is a difficult process (and in some cases impossible) process to get it transferred to another school.