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Ending Your Status & Departing the U.S.

H-1B status is granted through the end date indicated on the I-94 arrival/departure record.

In all cases, however, actual status ends when the employer/employee relationship ends. unless a grace period is granted. For example, if an H-1B employee is separated from employment three months prior to the end date of the authorized stay as indicated on the I-797 H-1B approval notice, then the H-1B status ends on that date, except for any grace period. Regulations grant either a 60-day grace period or up to the end of the authorized petition validity period--whichever is shorter--for those employees who experience a "cessation of the employment" on which the H classification (or TN, E, L, O) was based.  This grace period is not automatic but granted at the discretion of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Always inform the International Faculty & Scholars Office when ending your appointment at UC San Diego.  Please remind your department facilitator/HR contact to complete an online Departure form for you, as our office is required to notify the appropriate government agencies of your departure.  Please contact us if you have questions about your status ending.

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