Services for International Students and Scholars

Withdrawals & Dismissals

According to federal government regulations, the Office of Global Services (OGS) is required to take action once we have been notified of your withdrawal from your academic program at Northeastern University.  The action we will take is to either terminate your Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record, or to transfer your SEVIS record to another educational institution in the U.S. if you wish to transfer.

Option 1: Termination of SEVIS Record

If you notify the OGS that you are withdrawing from your program before you do so, OGS will be able to terminate your SEVIS record as an “Authorized Early Withdrawal” and you will be given a 15 day grace period to depart the U.S. following the termination.

If you do not give OGS advance notification of your withdrawal from your program, we will need to terminate your SEVIS record.  There is no grace period associated with this kind of termination and you should depart the United States immediately. If you have already departed the United States, you may not use your current I-20 to re-enter the U.S.

Option 2: Transfer to Another Educational Institution in the U.S.

If you choose to transfer to another school and if we receive your transfer request within 10 business days after you withdraw, we will transfer your SEVIS record to your new school rather than terminating your SEVIS record school (we will determine your eligibility to transfer once you submit the appropriate forms to request a transfer out – the OGS Transfer Out Request form, the “Transfer In” form from your new school if applicable, and a copy of the acceptance letter from your new school).

According to federal government regulations, the Office of Global Services (OGS) is required to take action once we have been notified of your academic dismissal from your academic program at Northeastern University.  The action we will take is to either terminate your SEVIS record, or to transfer your SEVIS record to another educational institution in the U.S. if you wish to transfer.

Option 1: Termination of SEVIS Record

We will need to terminate your SEVIS record in 10 business days unless you submit a request to transfer to another school within 10 business days.

The OGS will need to report your dismissal in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and terminate your SEVIS record at the end of the 10th business day.

Once your SEVIS record is terminated, there is no grace period associated with this type of termination and you should depart the United States immediately. If you have already departed the United States, you may not use your current I-20 to re-enter the U.S.

Option 2: Transfer to Another Educational Institution in the U.S.

If you choose to transfer to another school and if we receive your transfer request within 10 business days, we will transfer your SEVIS record to your new school rather than terminating your SEVIS record school (we will determine your eligibility to transfer once you submit the appropriate forms to request a transfer out – the OGS Transfer Out Request form, the “Transfer In” form from your new school if applicable, and a copy of the acceptance letter from your new school).

Option 3: Appealing the Academic Dismissal

You may or may not be eligible to appeal your academic dismissal.  If you wish to appeal, you should discuss whether or not you are eligible to do this and procedures and deadlines with your College/Graduate School.  Please inform the OGS if you have an appeal pending.  This will be confirmed with your College/Graduate School.  If there is a chance that your appeal will be approved and if you will be eligible to enroll for the current term as a result of the approval, we will not terminate your SEVIS record while the appeal decision is pending.  However, if you will not be able to register and enroll in the current academic term even if the appeal is approved, your choices will be limited to Option 1 and Option 2 explained above.

Additionally, if you will only be allowed to resume your academic program during a future term (not the current term) following a successful appeal, you will need a new Initial I-20 to return to the U.S. if you choose Option 1 (termination and departing the U.S.) or you will need a new Transfer In Initial I-20 if you choose Option 2 (transfer to another U.S. institution and then transfer back to Northeastern University for the future term).  Please consult with an advisor at the OGS for further information and procedures.

Can the OGS assist me with appealing my academic dismissal?

No.  You must consult with your College/Graduate School regarding their appeal procedures and direct any questions about the appeal process to them accordingly.

Will OGS provide me with a travel signature while my academic dismissal appeal is still pending?

No.  If you have been academically dismissed the OGS will only provide you with a new travel signature if we are notified of a successful appeal by your College/Graduate School.