Extending F-1 Visa Status
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires you to extend your program if you will not complete your current degree by the date indicated on your Form I-20.
You must apply for a program extension and be issued a new Form I-20 before your current Form I-20 expires!
Qualifications for a Program Extension
- Your current Form I-20 has not expired.
- You have new financial documents that show you can support the extra time being requested.
- You have an important, documented academic or medical reason that prevented you from finishing your program as planned.
- Academic probations or suspensions are not acceptable reasons for a program extension.
Required Documents for a Program Extension
- A completed and signed Program Extension Application.
- New financial documentation to cover the extra time being requested.
- Medical evidence from a licensed medical doctor or psychologist on official letterhead that states the nature and dates of the illness (only for extensions based on medical grounds).
The Extension Process is Simple & There is No Fee
To apply for an extension, simply complete the required documents above and submit them to the Global Education Office.
You must schedule an appointment with a staff member in International Student Services AND bring all the above documents to complete the extension process.
Maintaining your immigration status is your responsibility. Please act in a timely manner to protect your status and to avoid any problems with your stay in the United States.