Leave of Absence

A leave of absence is a temporary break from your studies for one or more semesters. Since you will not be enrolled during this time, your SEVIS record will be terminated for the reason Authorized Early Withdrawal and you must depart the U.S. within 15 days of the day your record is terminated. Authorized Early Withdrawal is a neutral reason that will not have any negative impact in your immigration record.

How to apply for a leave of absence

Undergraduate students

  1. Meet with your academic advisor to let your department know.
  2. Register for “maintaining registration” credits (course MR) during the normal registration period.
  3. Submit the Leave of Absence Form to OGI. This forms requires your academic adviser’s signature. We will then terminate your SEVIS record for Authorized Early Withdrawal.

Graduate students

Master's students:

  1. Email the Dean of Student's office: Dr. Sharon E. Morgan​ at morgan@njit.edu
  2. Register for "maintaining registration" credits (course MR) during the normal registration period. 
  3. Contact OGI to terminate your SEVIS record. 

PhD students:

  1. Email Clarisa González-Lenahan, Associate Director of Graduate Studies at clarisa.gonzalez-lenahan@njit.edu to get approval to enroll in “maintaining registration”.
  2. Graduate Studies office will inform us that you will take a leave of absence and we will terminate your SEVIS record.

Returning to NJIT after a leave of absence

  • If you have been gone for less than 5 months
  1. Email global@njit.edu requesting that your SEVIS record be re-activated.  If successful, you will be able to reenter the U.S. with the same I-20 and will keep the same SEVIS number.
  • If you have been gone for more than 5 months

Undergraduate students: As long as you continued to enroll in “maintaining registration” credits each semester, with a maximum of 3 semesters, you can return to NJIT without reapplying.

  1. Email global@njit.edu at least a month before returning and apply for a new I-20 by submitting the Application for a Form I-20, financial documentation, and a letter from your academic adviser confirming that you can return and your new expected graduation date.
  2. You will be issued a brand new I-20 with a new SEVIS record and will be required to pay the SEVIS fee again and apply for a new F-1 visa if your previous one expired.

Graduate students:

  1. Contact Graduate Studies Office to let them know you intention to return to NJIT. They will confirm if you need to reapply or not.
  2. Email global@njit.edu at least a month before returning and apply for a new I-20 by submitting the Application for a Form I-20, and financial documentation.
  3. You will be issued a brand new I-20 with a new SEVIS record and will be required to pay the SEVIS fee again and apply for a new F-1 visa if your previous one expired.