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Spring 2023 Graduates – Your Grace Period is Ending Soon

If you graduated in Spring 2023, remember that your 60-day grace period ends on August 08, 2023. During your grace period, you have a few options to consider:

  • apply for OPT:
    Your OPT application must be received by USCIS by August 08. Remember: you can remain in the U.S. while your application is being processed by USCIS.
  • transfer to another school:
    If you plan to study at another school, you can transfer your immigration record to that school.
  • change your education level:
    If you plan to start a new degree at UW, you may need to submit a Change of Level request in MyISSS.
  • depart the U.S.:
    You can use your grace period to travel within the U.S. and prepare for departure. Once you depart, you cannot re-enter using your I-20.
  • apply to change immigration status:
    If interested in moving from the F-1 status to another immigration status, you should consult an immigration attorney.

Current processing times for ISS are around 2 weeks, so if you need to submit an OPT I-20 request, SEVIS Transfer Out request, or Change of Level request, please do so in MyISSS as soon as possible. For those departing the United States, we wish you safe travels! To learn more, review our Graduation Checklist or submit our Contact ISS form if you have specific questions that are not answered on our website.