F-1 And J-1 Student Program Extension Procedures:
A student is eligible for a program extension if it is established that the delay in completing the program requirements has been caused by a compelling academic reason (such as changes in major field of study, research topic or unexpected research problems) or documented medical reasons.
When is a program extension necessary?
- For students in F-1 status: a program extension is necessary if you plan on studying past the date in the Program of Study section of your current Form I-20.
- For students in J-1 status: a program extension is necessary if you plan on studying past the program end date in item #3 of your Form DS-2019.
Note: The end date listed on either Form I-20 or DS-2019 is considered the "expiration" date of your immigration status. If you do not apply for a program extension and you remain in the U.S., you will be considered to be in violation of your immigration status.
How to Apply:
Submit the required documentation to OIS at least 30 days prior to the expiration of your status as shown on your I-20 or DS-2019.