Grace Period Post Graduation
Upon completion of your degree program or authorized practical training, you are allowed a 60-day grace period to decide if you will continue to study, apply for OPT, or prepare for departure from the U.S. Our office is available to assist you during this time with any of these options.
During this time, you may leave the U.S., but you will not be able to re-enter the country in F-1 status. If you notify the international programs and services office that you intend to withdraw from classes before you have completed your program, you will only have 15 days to depart the U.S.
Continue in Another Degree Program at Central Piedmont
If you elect to stay at Central Piedmont and pursue a different degree program, you must provide updated financials so that we can update your I-20 with the new degree program. You must do so within the 60-day grace period after your I-20 ends.
Transfer to a University
If you would like to transfer to a university to continue your studies, you must provide international programs and services with your acceptance letter from the school you will attend within the 60-day grace period. The 60 days will be included in the time you are required to be in class at the transfer in school.
If you have completed your studies and plan to return to your home country, you are able to use the 60-day grace period to prepare for your departure. If you are changing your status or applying for OPT, you must have an application pending with USCIS prior to the end of the 60-day grace period.