F-1 students must complete their program before the program end date on the I-20. If your program end date is approaching and you and your adviser believe you will need more time to complete your program. You may request an I-20 extension.
I-20 extensions may be granted under the following circumstance:
- the student has continually maintained status and
- the delays are caused by compelling academic or medical reasons, such as changes of major or research topics, unexpected research problems, or documented illnesses.
- Delays caused by academic probation or suspension are not acceptable reasons for program extensions.
- An extension will not be granted if the student did not apply for an extension until after the program end date noted on the Form I-20.
To request an I-20 extension, the student must submit: