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Commonly used forms for F-1 and J-1 students

Letter Request 

If you are requesting the following types of letters, please email a completed Document Request Form‌ to or bring to the ISSS office. Please expect 1-2 days for your request.

  • Social Security eligibility verification letter
  • Enrollment/Graduation Confirmation letter
  • Bank verification letter
  • Invitation letter for family member/friend visa application
  • Visa application letter
  • Other

Annual Break

Students on an F-1 visa are eligible to take a quarter-long break after completing three consecutive quarters while remaining in the U.S. Return the Annual Break Request Form with your academic advisor's signature to the ISSS office. Important: You will not be covered by health insurance during your annual break. 

If you would like to take a break and you are not eligible for an Annual Break, then you need to depart the U.S. for an Authorized Early Withdrawal.

Annual Break Request Form

Authorized Early Withdrawal 

What is an early authorized withdrawal? A permitted temporary absence from your course of study authorized by the Designated School Official.

Within 15 days of informing the DSO of your leave, please depart the United States to avoid a violation of your student visa status.

   Continue your studies within 5 months and your F-1 status remains valid.

   Before you re-enter the U.S., please ensure your status in SEVIS is active by contacting ISSS. Prepare to share your flight    itinerary and visa appointment confirmation (if applicable).

   Continue your studies after 5 months and re-enter by requesting a new I-20 with a different SEVIS number, apply for    applicable fees, visa renewal, etc. This option also restarts the F-1 student entry in the U.S. You must study one academic year    to gain the benefit of OPT, CPT and an annual break.

 Authorized Early Withdrawal Form

Transferring Students 

Coming to NLU? If you are on an F-1 student visa and would like to transfer to National Louis University from another university, please complete the Transfer In Form‌. NOTE:  This form must be completed by the International Student Advisor/DSO at your current institution. 

Leaving NLU? If you are currently attending National Louis University and want to transfer to another university after your studies or OPT, please complete the Transfer Out Form‌.  NOTE:  You must provide your official letter of acceptance from your new school within 60 days of your program end date or OPT end date.  


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

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    Chicago, IL 60603
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    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Skokie, IL 60077
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    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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