Program Extension Procedures for F-1 Students
Applications for F-1 Program Extensions must be submitted to International Programs approximately 30 days before the expiration of your current Form I-20.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU NEED A PROGRAM EXTENSION?
Look at item #5 on your current Form I-20. You will find a date after the statement “complete studies no later than (date);” this is the “expiration” date of your F-1 immigration status. If you will not complete your degree before this date, you must apply for an extension of your Form I-20. Applications for extension must be submitted one month before the I-20 expiration date.
If you remain in the U.S. beyond the expiration date of your Form I-20, you will be considered to be in violation of your F-1 immigration status. Applications for program extension submitted AFTER the expiration date on the form I-20 CANNOT be processed.
HOW DO YOU APPLY FOR A PROGRAM EXTENSION?
To apply for an extension you will need to do the following:
Obtain a letter requesting a program extension from your Academic Adviser or Department Head (Click here for a Sample Letter). An email sent directly from the Academic Advisor or Department Head to International Programs is also acceptable.
Obtain new financial documents to show that you can support yourself for the next academic year. A new I-20 cannot be issued without this documentation. Financial documents cannot be more than six (6) months old.
Financial support documentation includes the following:
Once you have the documents above, submit them to the International Programs office. If all materials are complete, you will be able to pick up your new I-20 Form in three (3) business days.
Note: The new I-20 form will show that your program has been extended based on the completion date stated in the letter from your Academic Advisor or Department Head.