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Extension to Degree Program

Extensions to Program

The Department of Homeland Security regulation 8 CFR 214.2(f)(7)(iii) permits a program extension for an F-1 student who is unable to meet the program completion date on the Form I-20. The Designated School Official (DSO) certifies that the student has continually maintained status and that the delays are caused by compelling academic or medical reasons, such as changes of major or research topics, unexpected research problems, or documented illnesses. The length of the extension is based on the recommendation from the student's academic/faculty advisor.

Up to one academic year (2 semesters) may be requested per extension request.  Extension requests must be submitted during the semester or term in which your I-20 expires, and no later than 2 weeks before it expires.

To request an extension

  • Inform your International Student Advisor at the Office of International Affairs (OIA).
  • Complete the Program Extension Request Form.  If you are requesting an extension due to a medical condition or illness, please submit your medical documentation with the request.  If you are requesting an extension due to a compelling academic reason, explain it in 2-3 sentences in the box provided on the form.  The reason is submitted to Department of Homeland Security, and prints on your Form I-20.
  • Sign your request form.  Obtain the signature approval of your Academic/Faculty Advisor.  If you are requesting to extend beyond your 12th semester, you must also obtain the Graduate Division Dean's signature approval.
  • Turn in the request form to OIA at least two weeks before the expiration date, but no earlier than the semester it will expire. If your request for an extension is approved, a new I-20 will be ready for you in five business days.