Before you leave UC Denver, please inform your department administrator of your plans.
Next, notify an international scholar advisor as well to your final employment date at UC Denver.
For J-1 Scholars:
If you leave earlier than your program end date, ISSS is required to shorten your program in SEVIS. Your J-1 program will end as of your employment end date and then you will enter in to a 30-day grace period in which you have time to wrap up your affairs and exit the USA. Please note: You are not eligible to work during the grace period.
For H-1 Scholars:
If you leave UC Denver before the end date on your I-797 approval notice, ISS is required to notify USCIS to withdraw your H-1B petition and to withdraw your LCA with the Department of Labor. If you are unable to port your status to another employer before your last day of employment, H-1B regulations require you to leave the USA on or before the end date on your I-94 card, or on your last day of H-1B employment at UC Denver. Unlike the J-1, there is no grace period for scholars in H-1B status.
For all Scholars:
When you exit the USA, be sure to submit your I-94 card at the airport. Failure to do so may cause problems for future visits to the USA. If you arrive home and realize that you forgot to turn in your I-94 card, please visit the CBP website click on “Find an Answer, Ask a Question”, then click on “How to record departure from the United States after the fact” for further guidance.
Keep all immigration documents (I-797 or DS-2019). You may be asked to provide copies of these documents in the future if you return to the USA.