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Program Completion

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Program completion occurs when you have finished your degree program or your I-20 / DS-2019 expires, whichever happens first. You will begin to receive communications from ISSS when we estimate you will complete your program (typically this is in line with your I-20 / DS-2019 program end date) requesting notification of your ‘completion plans’.

After completion of your academic program – you have the following options –

  1. Depart the U.S. by the end of your grace period and end your F-1 / J-1 status
    • F-1 students have a 60-day grace period
    • J-1 students have a 30-day grace period
  2. Change to a different visa status
    • F-1 students must apply for a change of status within 60-days of completing their studies
    • J-1 students must apply for a change of status before completing their studies
  3. Move to a new academic program at Clarkson
    • F-1 students must submit paperwork for the change in program/degree level by the end of the 60-day grace period
    • J-1 students must apply for change in program/degree level before completing their studies
  4. Transfer to a different school to begin a new academic program or degree level
    • F-1 students must submit a ‘transfer request’ by the end of the 60-day grace period
    • J-1 students must submit a ‘transfer request’ before completing their studies
  5. Begin working
    • F-1 students must apply for OPT before the end of their 60-day grace period. You are strongly encouraged to apply early due to lengthy processing times.
      • Note – students who have completed all course-work needed for the degree program may apply for post-completion OPT and finish up thesis/project requirements
    • J-1 students must request Academic Training before completing their studies.

Please meet with an international adviser if you are not sure which option is best for your situation.