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Program Extension

If you are not able to complete your program by the end date on your I-20 you will have to request a program extension from the I.S. Counselor and provide compelling academic reasons for needing it.

The request to extend the program MUST be done prior to the end date on the I-20- extensions cannot be processed the day the program expires.

F-1 student eligibility for program extension

  • He or she has continually maintained status
  • The delay in completion is "caused by compelling academic or medical reasons, such as difficulties with English in the first semester, changes in major or documented illness.
  • The regulations also state that "delays caused by academic probation or suspension are not acceptable reasons for program extension"

A student who fails to complete his or her program within the time prescribed in item #5 of his or her I-20 and cannot meet the eligibility criteria for program extension is considered out of status and must apply for reinstatement to student status.