The primary responsibility of a student in F-1 status is to be enrolled in a full-time course of study. By taking a leave of absence a student is no longer full-time enrolled and this will affect their F-1 status. OISSS is required to appropriately update the student's F-1 SEVIS record when a student takes a leave of absence. If considering a leave of absence, a student in F-1 or J-1 status is required to contact OISSS as soon as possible.
Taking a Leave of Absence
By taking a leave of absence a student is no longer full-time enrolled and this will affect their F-1 status.
- Personal leave of absence
- Medical leave of absence
- Leave of absence for employment purposes
- Certain types of study away
During a period of approved leave of absence a student is not allowed to remain in the U.S. in F-1 status and the student is required to depart the U.S. within 15 days of the start of the leave of absence, unless the student transfers their F-1 record to another full-time program or applies for a change of status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
A student approved for a medical leave of absence, who intends to seek treatment in the U.S. (doctor's note required) during the approved period of leave, may remain in the U.S. with an active F-1 record issued by Brown if the student obtains a Reduced Course Load Authorization from OISSS.