Completion of Studies

Completion of Studies occurs when you finish your complete your program of studies or your I-20 expires, whichever is sooner. Students on F-1 visa have a 60 day grace period following completion of studies to prepare for departure or prepare for transfer. After completing your studies you have the following options:

  1. Depart the U.S.
    • Students on F-1 visa have up to 60 days to leave
    • Inform International Services of your departure so that your SEVIS record can be completed in a timely manner
  2. Change to another degree level at Montclair State University
    • Students on F-1 visa have up to 60 days to change their level of studies
    • See Change of Degree Level for further information
    • Note: Students must get accepted to the new degree level and get an I-20 for that program within 60 days of completion of studies
  3. Transfer to another school to begin a new program
    • Students on F-1 visa have up to 60 days to request to transfer to a new school
    • See School Transfer for further information
  4. Employment
    • Students on F-1 student visa can apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT)
    • Students must apply for OPT before completing their studies (in their final semester)
    • See Employment Options - Optional Practical Training (OPT) for furhter information
  5. Change to another nonimmigrant visa status
    • Students on F-1 student visa must apply for a change of status within 60 days of completing their studies
    • See Change of Status for further information