As an F-1 student, you have several options after completion of your program of study at WKU.
Here are some of the options to consider as you finish your program of study:
The completion date or program end date of your program will be the date in which all program and degree requirements are fulfilled, regardless of the date you actually graduate or walk at graduation.
Federal regulations provide a 60-day grace period that starts the day you complete your program of study. The grace period ends 60 days after you complete the program, regardless of the expiration date on your I-20.
If by the end of the grace period, you have not made other plans, you must depart the country.
If you plan to travel outside of the United States during your grace period, the International Student Office cannot sign your I-20 for travel. Since you have completed your program of study you will NOT be able to re-enter the United States as an F-1 student.
You may be able to re-enter the United States as a tourist. See an advisor during Walk-in Advising Hours to discuss your plans before your travel.
If you have F-2 dependents with you in the United States, their status is dependent upon yours. If you choose to leave the country after you complete your program of study, your family members may not legally stay in the United States without you if they are in F-2 status. If for example, your stay is extended with OPT approval, the status of your dependents is extended as well.