Students considering an LOA must review these requirements:
F-1 students are eligible to take an LOA due to medical reasons. Students have the option to return to their home country or remain in the United States to receive medical treatment.
International students who wish to remain in the United States must obtain a doctor’s letter recommending the LOA for medical reasons. Students who remain in the United States without obtaining advance approval for medical LOA from GEO will be considered out of status.
Requirements and Limitations of Medical LOA:
Students considering a Leave of Absence due to medical reasons must meet with the DSO.
Students who are planning on being outside the United States for longer than 5 months for an LOA must obtain a new Dominican I-20 form with a new SEVIS ID number in order to re-enter the United States and return to Dominican. The current I-20 will be invalid after being outside of the United States for more than 5 months.
It is the student’s responsibility to contact the GEO at least two months prior to returning to Dominican to request the new I-20.
Students will need to use the new I-20 to pay the SEVIS fee and apply for a new F-1, even though they may possess an unexpired visa associated with their previous I-20 SEVIS ID number.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations state that an F-1 international student must be in status for a full academic year (9 months) in order to be eligible for Curricular Practical Training or Optional Practical Training.
This regulation is especially important to note for students who are considering a Leave of Absence of over 5 months in the final year of studies at Dominican University of California.
All students returning from a Leave of Absence must validate their return to Dominican by reporting to GEO within 21 days of the start of the new semester. Students must meet with the Dominican DSO, Vaolele Stawiarski.
Students must bring the following documents to the appointment:
Hi, I'm Vaolele Stawiarski, Associate Director of International Student Services at Dominican.
Contact me if you have any questions regarding your leave of absence, your medical LOA and your re-enrollment at Dominican.