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Request for Program Extension of I-20 for International Students


       TITLE 8 OF CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS (8 CFR) Sec. 214.2(f) Students in colleges, universities, seminaries, conservatories, academic high schools, elementary schools, other academic institutions, and in language training programs --
7(iii) Program extension for students in lawful status. An F-1 student who is unable to meet the program completion date on the Form I-20 may be granted a program extension by the school, if the Designated School Official (IPFW International Student Services) certifies in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) that the student has continually maintained status and that the delays are caused by compelling academic or medical reasons, such as changes of major or research topics, unexpected research problems, or documented illnesses. Delays caused by academic probation or suspension are not acceptable reasons for program extension. The DSO must notify the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services of any program extension requests by submitting the information in SEVIS and issuing a new SEVIS Form I-20 showing a new program completion date.

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