Students Returning After a Leave of Absence
Do you want to return to Hawai`i Pacific University to complete your degree after taking a break from your studies? Students who have not been enrolled at HPU, and have left the United States, for 5 months or longer must request a new I-20 before returning to school. The process of applying for and receiving your new I-20 is simple; however, following the guidelines below and beginning well in advance of the semester for which you will re-enroll will help make the process go smoothly.
Please note that if you were absent for less than 5 moths, please contact International Student Services for more information.
Applying for a new I-20
In order to receive a new I-20, you will need to resubmit a new Statement of Financial Sponsorship Form (Degree seeking or Visiting) and original financial/bank document, which verifies proof of financial support from you or your sponsor. Please refer to the following link for the latest tuition and I-20 total for the academic year: Please also note that the original bank document(s) should be no more than six months old.
Be sure to indicate your full legal name as shown on your passport, and include your permanent address in your country, a valid phone number where we can reach you and a note about your intended return date and semester. If you have any updated or new transcripts you may include them as well.
Please mail all forms and supporting documents to:
Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop St #1100
Honolulu, HI 96813 USA
Students are required to pay the SEVIS fee again. (Use the SEVIS number on the newly issued I-20/DS-2019 when paying the SEVIS fee.)
Students must apply for a new visa stamp in their passport even if they have an unexpired visa stamp. Immigration regulations state that students who have been out of the U.S. for more than 5 months automatically invalidate their visa stamp.
Students may enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days prior to the start date of the quarter for which they will re-enroll.
International Student Services
Tel: +1 808-356-5299
Fax: +1 808-543-8065