Withdrawing, Cancelling, or Dismissal from UCI

Before you take action to withdraw or cancel your enrollment or if you are dismissed from UC Irvine, you must inform an international student advisor at the International Center of this change to your student program immediately. We recommend that you schedule an appointment with an IC advisor. We recommend that undergradaute students meet with their academic counselor and graduate students speak with their advisor before taking steps to cancel or withdraw to learn about the consequences for fee payment and readmission.

Withdrawal and Cancellations

It is important that all F-1 and J-1 students receive approval from the International Center prior to a withdrawal or cancellation. All enrollment information is reported in SEVIS, if the International Center is not aware of your plans, your SEVIS record will be terminated for "non enrollment", and you may lose your lawful F-1 or J-1 status including F-1 and J-1 employment eligibility and benefits.

If an IC student advisor is informed prior to your withdrawal, we may be able to provide you with a 15-day grace period during which time you would be able to stay lawfully in the U.S. and prepare for departure. If the International Center is not informed prior to the withdrawal, cancellation or dismissal, there is no grace period. Your SEVIS record is terminated and you will lose you lawful F-1 or J-1 status. In this case, you must depart the U.S. immediately.

  • For further information about withdrawals and cancellations, schedule an appointment with an IC student advisor.

Academic Probation and Dismissals

During your first quarter of academic probation, you are strongly encouraged to meet with an IC student advisor to discuss and establish a back-up plan to avoid status issues in the future. Students who are dismissed from UCI may lose their lawful F-1 or J-1 status. To maintain status, students who may be dismissed must work with the International Center to identify a new institution to transfer their I-20 or DS-2019 prior to the effective dismissal date. 

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