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Program Extension Information

If you are unable to complete your program by the end date on your I-20, federal regulations require you to have this date extended BEFORE the end date on the I-20. After the I-20 end date, you will be out of F1 status.

Eligibility According to the Federal Regulations:
  • Program end date extensions can be granted for students who have continually maintained their status and when the delay in completion is "caused by compelling academic or medical reasons."
  • The regulations state that "delay caused by academic probation or suspension are not acceptable reasons for program extension."
How to Extend Your I-20 Program End Date:
  • Meet with your Academic Advisor to determine your new program end date.
  • Meet with your DSO at ISS to update your SEVIS record and print a new I-20.
    • You must do this BEFORE  the end date on your I-20 or your SEVIS record will be out of status.
    • If your funding information has changed, you must submit new documentation to ISS to issue the updated I-20.