F-1/J-1 students are expected to complete their academic program within the dates listed on their I-20/DS-2019 document. It is important that you communicate these dates to your academic advisor so that you can formulate your degree plan accordingly. It is also important that you make normal progress towards degree completion.
ISSS will determine if you are eligible for a program extension. Extensions are only granted under specific circumstances and for compelling academic or medical reasons. An extension cannot be granted based on delays caused by academic probation or suspension. Some examples of compelling reasons for a program extension are listed below:
You should apply for an extension at least 2 weeks before the completion date listed on your I-20/DS-2019 document to allow for adequate time for ISSS to process the extension in SEVIS. If you do not apply before the program end date listed on your I-20/DS-2019 document, you will be considered out-of-status and need to travel to regain status or apply for reinstatement.
NOTE: Students with August end dates on their I-20/DS-2019 documents who will extend past summer semester should apply near the end of the previous Spring semester.
To apply for an extension, please submit a Program Extension Request. After you submit your online request, your Academic Advisor will receive an automatic email notifying them that you have made a request to extend. It is your responsibility to follow up with your Academic Advisor(s) to ensure they submit any additional required forms. Your request cannot be processed until all forms are received. You request will be processed within 5 business days.
NOTE: Students working on campus need to bring a copy of their extended I-20/DS-2019 to Human Resources to update their Form I-9.