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Leave of Absence/Withdrawal

The following information pertains to taking a leave of absence/voluntary withdrawal for academic or medical reasons: 

Leave of Absence
Immigration Implications

  • The student’s SEVIS record is terminated for Early Authorized Withdrawal up to 21 days after effective date (i.e., change is reflected in student's BANNER record)
  • If the student is in the U.S., the students have 15 days to depart the U.S. from the day the SEVIS record is terminated.
  • For F-1 students: If it has been more than 5 months since your SEVIS record was terminated, a new SEVIS record will be created for you when you are re-enrolled at W&M. You will need to pay the SEVIS fee again.
    • Any time you had accrued towards the one academic year enrollment requirement to be eligible for OPT or CPT work authorizations will be lost. When you re-enter the U.S. with a new Initial Attendance SEVIS Record (I-20), you must be enrolled for one academic year before becoming eligible for OPT or CPT.
Procedure

Graduate Students

Academic Leave of Absence/Withdrawal

  • Student contacts a Reves advisor to discuss plans and understand the immigration implications. 
  • Student will contact his/her Graduate Registrar to apply for a leave of absence/withdrawal.

Medical Leave of Absence/Withdrawal

  • Student contacts a Reves advisor to discuss plans and understand the immigration implications. 
  • Student completes and submits a Medical Withdrawal Form.
  • Dean of Students adjudicates request and withdraws student on effective date.

Undergraduate Students

  • Student contacts a Reves advisor to discuss plans and understand the immigration implications.               
  • Student completes and submits a Withdrawal & Leave of Absence Form or the Medical Withdrawal Form.
  • Dean of Students adjudicates request and withdraws student on effective date.