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Program Extensions

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An International Student in F-1 / J-1 student status who is 'making normal progress towards degree completion but who is unable to complete his/her ‘course of study' by the expected completion date on your I-20 / DS-2019 may be eligible for a program extension.

You will need to meet with your academic advisor to review your program objectives and if academic advisor recommends an extension for you to complete your degree then you will complete the necessary form(s). Once this has been completed - submit to ISSS for review and if approved a new I-20 / DS-2019 will be issued to you .

Please note - in order for a program extension to be approved there must be a compelling academic or medical reason. If there is no compelling reason for the extension then you must complete by the date noted on your I-20 / DS-2019 or apply for reinstatement of status.

This extension must be processed prior to the date on your I-20 / DS-2019 or else you will be out of status.

Program Extension Application

  1. Meet with your academic adviser to discuss your academic plan and what compelling reason exists for your situation
  2. Complete a ‘Program Extension’ form and have this signed by your adviser (LINK)
    1. Note – you adviser must complete and sign the reason for the extension.
    2. Complete a Certification of Finances with supporting financial documentation for the extension period.
      1. Note – short summer extensions will not require tuition enrollment but will require an updated COF with financial documentation for the extension period
      2. Submit to ISSS your program extension request – certification of finances – and – supporting financial documentation

ISSS will review your eligibility and if approved will notify you by email to pick-up your updated I-20 / DS-2019