Re-Enrollment After Leave of Absence or Withdrawal

Action

Immigration implications

Procedure

Re-Enrollment to W&M after Leave of Absence or Voluntary Withdrawal

(For Academic or Medical reasons)

 

  • Once the re-enrollment request is approved, you must request a new I-20/DS-2019 from the Reves Center:
    • Login to iStart using your W&M ID and password.
    • Click on F-1 Student Services in the menu on the left-hand side of the page
    • Click on Re-enrollment and complete the required forms.
  • If your absence from the U.S. is more than 5 months a new SEVIS record must be created, and you must pay the SEVIS fee again.
    • You can continue to use your visa. You only need to apply for a new F-1 or J-1 visa if your current one is expired.
    • You may not  enter the US earlier than 30 days before the start date on the new I-20 or DS-2019.
  • If your absence from the U.S. is less than 5 months, your current SEVIS record may be able to be reactivated.
    • This request can be submitted to SEVP by the Reves Center no earlier than 60 days before the semester begins (e.g., first day of classes) of when you will return and enroll in classes.
    • The reactivation of the SEVIS record usually takes between 1-3 weeks to be approved, but this is not guaranteed. If your record reactivation is not approved, you must get a new immigration record.
    • If your record is reactivated, you do not have to pay SEVIS fee again and only need to apply for a new F-1 or J-1 visa if your current one is expired.

Graduate Students

  • To return to W&M, you must apply to your program for re-admission.
  • For medical leave of absence/withdrawals, you have to receive clearance from the Dean of Students first before applying for re-enrollment.

 

Undergraduate Students

  • To return to W&M, you must apply to the Dean of Students for re-enrollment.
  • For medical leave of absence/withdrawals, you have to receive clearance from the Dean of Students first before applying for re-enrollment.