Deferring Admissions In the Universities

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I got a Question from a Student Stating “What is the process to Defer Admissions in the Universities in USA?” This is really an important question and many Students try to defer their Admission due to many reasons. Hence I will be discussing in detail as to how to defer the Admissions in US Universities. Generally If you are deferring you admissions, then you fall into one of the three Categories that I will be listing below. 

Check in which category you fall into and carry out the process as stated.

Category 1: – Deferring Admission after Applying to the University, Even Though University has not confirmed your Admission.

So this is a category where you have suddenly decided to defer your admission,  after applying to the University even though University has not yet confirmed your Admission. This can be due to various personal and financial reasons.

Process For Deferment: – You just need to send a mail to the University explaining the situation for deferring your Admissions. Generally you need to email your situation to Admissions Coordinator and sometimes to International Students Office or International Admissions office. State the truth for your Deferment. Along with that sometimes you may need to fill a form that the University will provide you.

What Happens After Email Has Been Sent: – Normally all Universities accept the deferment without any problems. You will receive a mail from the University relating to your deferment. No extra fees needs to be paid for this.

Category 2: – Deferring Your Admission after you receive your I-20 from the University and before the F-1 Visa Interview.

So this is a category where you have planned to defer your Admission after receiving the I-20 from the University and before your F-1 Visa Interview. This can be due to various personal and financial reasons.

Process For Deferment: – You need to send a mail to Admissions Coordinator, International Students Office or International Admissions office and to the International Student Adviser or Designated School official (DSO). Generally DSO and International Students Office are the same but in some cases they are different, so in that case you need to send the emails separately. Along with that sometimes you may need to fill a form that the University will provide you.

What Happens After Email Has Been Sent: – After you have sent your email, the University will review it and Generally accept it without any problems. You will be receiving a new I-20 from the DSO in which the new Joining date will be mentioned. You need to keep both the I-20’s until your F-1 Visa Interview as you may be asked to produce both. There may be some extra fees that you need to pay to the University as University will reserve your seat in a new Semester.

Category 3: – Deferring Your Admission after F-1 Visa Stamping has been done

So this is a category where you are through with everything, from Admissions to F-1 Visa, but then due to some reasons you have decided to defer your Admissions. This can be due to various personal and financial reasons.

Process For Deferment: – You need to send a mail to Admissions Coordinator, International Students Office or International Admissions office and to the International Student Adviser or Designated School official (DSO). Generally DSO and International Students Office are the same but in some cases they are different, so in that case you need to send the emails separately. Don’t forget to mention that you have received  F-1 Visa. Along with that sometimes you may need to fill a form that the University will provide you.

What Happens After Email Has Been Sent: –  After you have sent your email, the University will review it and Generally accept it without any problems. You will be receiving a new I-20 from the DSO in which the new Joining date will be mentioned. Since you have received your F-1 Visa, the SEVIS Record will be updated with the changes. So it’s very important to tell the University that you have received the F-1 Visa. You need to keep both the I-20’s until your F-1 Visa Interview as you may be asked to produce both. There may be some extra fees that you need to pay to the University as University will reserve your seat in a new Semester.

Go For F-1 Visa Interview Again?

No. If you have deferred admission in the same University for which you have got your F-1 Visa, then no need to go for the Interview again. But if you have changed your University, then you have to go through the F-1 Visa Interview again.

I hope I was able to clear the doubts related to Deferring Admissions in US Universities.

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One thought on “Deferring Admissions In the Universities

  1. Helpful post
    I still have a doubt regarding the last two paragraphs.

    Consider this:
    I apply for fall 2014
    I get one sevis id n i20
    I get visa stamping done
    I defer my admission to next fall

    University issues a new sevis id n new i20
    Will i have to appear for visa again?

    I read on blogs that “IF” your university issues the “same sevis id n same i20” with only dates changed then reappearing for visa is not required.

    But “IF” the university issues a “new sevis id n new i20” them re-visa is required.

    Please clarify… New sevis id n new i20 -> re -visa required or not ?

    Thanks in advance

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