Program Extension of I-20 for International Students
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), students on F-1 Visa Student Status are required to finish their program of study by the completion date listed on their I-20 (item number 5). However, in certain circumstances, it can be permissable to request a program extension.
The program extension can only be granted for documented academic or medical reasons AND the following criteria are met:
- Documentation that the delay was due to academic or medical circumstances. (I.e. required summer class to graduate.)
- Certification of Financial Support is provided to meet the requirements to fund the extension. (I.e. studies, living expenses, etc.) - This required amount will be determined by the Office of International Education once documentation has been received.
- The extension must be requested in a timely manner as determined by the OIE so that processing alots enough time to issue a new I-20.
If your program end date has expired or you do not meet the eligibility requirements to apply for a program extension, you will have to file for reinstatement with USCIS for F-1 status. Substantial fees may be assessed.
Invalid Reasons to Apply for a Program Extension
To ensure you meet the requirements for a program extension, please stop by the Office of International Education PRIOR to submitting the request form.
The following are examples of reasons for I-20 extensions which are NOT valid:
- To enroll in extra courses to improve GPA
- Additional research not required to graduate
- Non-required Curricular Practical Training (CPT) *Please not, if you graduate you can apply for OPT. See the employment tab for more details.
- I-20 end date has already passed
Program Extension Form