I am an international student. I have gained admission to a university in the USA, and I have collected my I-20 and paid my SEVIS fee successfully.

Suppose I have my visa (F-1) with me and I cannot go immediately when school resumes, how many days of grace period can I get to be in the USA if I do not arrive on the resumption date?

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    What did the university say when you asked them? You’ll need their prior approval to arrive after the programme scheduled start date
    – Traveller
    Commented May 25 at 19:30

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Based on this advice from UC Berkeley, there is no late start grace period.

Be aware of your grace periods.

You have a 60-day grace period at the end of your F-1 program. The grace period ends when you depart the United States, or no later than 60 days after the end of the I-20 or your EAD card (if on OPT), whichever comes first.

An F-1 student may enter the United States initially up to 30 days before, but no later than, the program start date on the I-20. (Emphasis added)

An F-1 student may remain in the United States for up to 60 days beyond:

  • the completion of the program of study
  • the completion date of any authorized post-completion OPT, including STEM OPT and Cap Gap.

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