Graduation Preparation

Your post-completion grace period

Federal regulations provide you with a 30-day grace period that starts the day you complete your program of study.

For example, if you complete your program of study on May 4, your grace period ends on June 3 regardless of the expiration date on your DS-2019.

If you have not made other plans, you must depart the country by the end of your grace period.

Travel after completing your program

If you plan to travel to Canada or anywhere else outside of the United States during your grace period, OIS will not be able to sign your DS-2019 for travel. If you travel outside of the country, you will NOT be able to re-enter the United States as a J-1 student at IU.

You may be able to re-enter the United States as a tourist. Discuss your plans before you travel; see an international student advisor during Quick Question Advising hours.