ISSS defines withdrawal as the decision to not enroll with the University of Iowa in a given semester. Generally all F-1 or J-1 students are required to be enrolled during Spring/Fall semesters with the exception of summer. If they choose to not enroll or to withdraw mid-semester, they lose their status and must depart the U.S. within a fixed period of time. All students who communicate their decision to withdraw mid-semester need to be referred to ISSS which must then approve the request to withdraw. Students who choose to simply not return in-between semester should also be referred to ISSS.
When a student is academically dismissed from the University of Iowa, there are immediate immigration consequences. If you learn one of your advisees has been dismissed, please communicate this information to ISSS and encourage the student to come speak with us so ISSS can review what, if any, options the student may have other than departure from the U.S.