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Program Extension

Extension of a Program of Study

A student must apply for an extension of a program of study if s/he is unable to complete his/her study within the established time limit. The established time limit is the date on line #5 of the student's initial I-20 ("complete studies no later than [date]").

Extension beyond the authorized period is possible only under the following reasons:

  • Change of major
  • Change in research topic
  • Unexpected research problems
  • Documented medical reasons


  • Student must be in valid status and making normal progress towards completing his/her program objective
  • Reasons for program extension: change of major, unexpected research problems or change in research topic, medical issues
  • Delays caused by academic probation or suspension are not acceptable reasons for program extension

Application Procedures

To apply for an extension of a program of study, an F-1 student must do the following:

  1. Meet with your academic advisor and obtain your academic advisor's recommendation for Program Extension.
  2. Submit financial support documentation issued within the last 6 months certifying the availability of funding for the requested period of extension. Contact OISS for amount of funding required.
    • Submit a Financial Data Form along with the financial documentation if the funding is from a source other than yourself.
  3. Schedule an appointment with an OISS advisor and bring the recommendation form and financial documentation.
  4. The OISS advisor will review the documentation and if approved, issue a new I-20/DS-2019 with a new program completion date.

Note: If you work on-campus, you must give a copy of your new I-20/DS-2019 to your employer to update your Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) with the new dates. You will not be paid unless your Form I-9 is updated.

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