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At the normal conclusion of studies or practical training, F-1 students usually have a 60-day grace period in which to prepare to leave the U.S., to move to a new academic program, or to transfer to another institution. However, certain factors may reduce that grace period to 15 days or to 0 days. Remaining in the United States after ceasing, terminating, or interrupting studies before the completion of the program is a serious violation of F-1 status for which reinstatement is generally not granted. Currently, a reinstatement denial has the effect of subjecting an out-of-status F-1 student to two penalty provisions in the Immigration and Nationality Act: INA Section 222(g) overstay and visa cancellation and INA Section 212(a)(9)(B) unlawful presence. Read more about Reinstatement.
International students attending FIDM are not required to purchase health insurance; it is optional. Due to the high costs of health care in the U.S., it is recommended that students who do not have comprehensive health insurance policies from their home countries purchase some form of insurance while studying in the U.S. This will help to avoid unanticipated medical and/or financial difficulties. Some organizations that provide insurance specifically to international students include: