Leaving Cornell

When you have completed your program at Cornell and are ready to return home to your country, or if you are moving to another institution in the United States, use this list to help organize your plans.

  1. If you will be leaving Cornell more than 30 days before date your status is scheduled to expire, please email us. Put your immigration status (J1, H1B, etc.) and the words "End Program" in the email Subject Line, and write your name, SEVIS ID (if applicable), and date of departure in the body of the message.
  2. Fill out "change of address" postcards and forwarding address forms at the Post Office. Send your new address to friends, professional associations, and other personal and business contacts.
  3. Contact the phone company to disconnect your telephone. Call your long distance company to be sure all of your telephone calls have been paid for.
  4. Notify utility companies of your departure (NYSEG, Time Warner Cable, etc.). Ask if you can pay the bills before you leave.
  5. Clear all accounts. Call credit card companies to see if you can make outstanding payments before you leave.
  6. Close your bank account. Purchase traveller's checks if you will need them.
  7. File any medical insurance claims that are still outstanding. Pay the balance that you owe. Note when your health insurance expires to see if you are leaving the US after this date.
  8. Request any letters or documents from Cornell that you may need.
  9. Leave your permanent home address with your department, faculty supervisor, and others who might wish to be in contact with you. Return any department keys.
  10. If you checked out books, or other materials from the library, be sure to return all of them. Fines are imposed on unreturned books.
  11. Return any other items you may have borrowed. If you have household items to pass on, donate them to other international students or scholars, or ask your friends to share them with new arrivals.
  12. Check out of your apartment. Leave a forwarding address with the manager. Return your keys and request the return of your security deposit.
  13. If you are taking a computer or other "high-tech" equipment home, find out details about US export regulation.
  14. Consult your country's embassy to determine what customs regulations you will need to consider when taking your belongings home.
  15. Be sure to update your home country address in Workday.