If you're nearing the end of your time at UB, we hope your time here has been productive and enjoyable. Find out more about your next steps after you leave.
If you hope to return to UB in the future, and can meet the eligibility requirements for a Leave of Absence, please refer to the Leave of Absence information for instructions on how to apply. If you are not eligible for a Leave of Absence, you must follow the instructions below to submit the “Departure from UB” E-Form.
If you are leaving UB and do not intend to return, you must notify ISS in a timely manner.
Here is how:
Please be aware that if you are leaving UB but will not complete your degree program, then you are not eligible for the 60-day grace period.
Congratulations on your graduation! Below you will find important information on what to do next…
Specific steps must be taken to apply for graduation, participate in the Commencement Ceremony and ensure that your diploma will be mailed to the correct address.
If you do not apply for OPT, you have a 60-day grace period after your degree conferral date to remain in the U.S. The grace period is meant for travel within the U.S. and preparation to depart the U.S. If you depart the U.S. during your 60-day grace period (including trips to Canada and Mexico) you are not eligible to reenter with your I-20.
If you graduate before the Program End Date on your I-20, ISS will shorten your program end date so it matches your degree conferral date.
Canadian citizens, and anyone with a paper Form I-94 must surrender their I-94 to the airline officials or officials at the land border when leaving the U.S.
If you have an electronic I-94, there is no need to turn in any documentation when you leave.
We always recommend that you keep copies of all of your past immigration documents. They will remain an important piece of your immigration history here in the U.S.
If yes, it's only possible in these situations:
You are admitted to a new school in the U.S. or to a new degree program at UB.
You want to work in your field of study after completing your degree.
You change your immigration status.
Your on-campus work eligibility ends when you graduate. You are permitted to work on-campus until your degree conferral date (June 1, September 1, or February 1).
A letter from ISS is not needed; instead an invitation letter written by you is best
Yes. If you were present in the US for any part of the calendar year, you have a tax filing requirement. You can continue to use our tax preparation software as an alumni. Check our tax page for links to the relevant resources.
If you worked in your last year at UB, be sure to give your new address to your employer. This way, they can mail your W-2 form to you.
If you did not work during your time in the U.S., you are still required to submit Form 8843. You can file Form 8843 from outside the U.S., if needed. More information can be found here.