Completing Your Study at SF State
Henry Miller, American writer
Congratulations! You are graduating! Here are the things you need to do/know before departing the U.S.:
60-Day Grace Period
The grace period for Fall 2018 graduates is from January 9, 2019 to March 9, 2019. If you do not wish to apply for OPT or continue your education in the U.S., you must depart the U.S. by March 9, 2019. If you wish to attend another school in the U.S. you must request your SEVIS record to be released to your new school by March 9, 2019. See information for Transferring to Another School.
You cannot work on-campus beyond June 3, 2018. Please give your on campus employer your notice in advance.
Apply for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT)
If you are graduating and are interested in applying for OPT please follow the instruction here. If you are travelling after graduation you must submit your OPT application before you leave the U.S.
Transfer to another U.S. School
If you plan to transfer to another U.S. school, please follow the SEVIS transfer out procedures so OIP can release your SEVIS record to your new school.
Pay Your Bills
Pay any outstanding campus financial obligations such as tuition, housing fees and library fines. Pay parking fines if you receive tickets. Logon to SF State Gateway and see if you need to pay anything before you leave.
If you live off campus you probably paid a security deposition to your landlord to cover any damage done to your apartment. A walk-through will help you and your landlord agree on if your landlord should keep any of your security deposit.