F-1 Program Extension Information for Advisors

Program Extension is required if a student is unable to complete all degree requirements by the date noted in Item 5 of the SEVIS I-20. A Program Extension application must be submitted to and approved by ISSS before the I-20 expiration date.  

Delays in completion must be caused by compelling academic or medical reasons, such as:

  • Changes of major or research topics
  • Unexpected research problems
  • Documented illness

See F-1 Program Extension for more information.

If the student is applying for a program extension based on an academic reason, they are required to obtain a letter from their academic advisor that contains the following information:

  • A detailed reason for the delay in completion
  • Where the student is currently at in their program
  • When the student will be expected to complete all degree requirements

If the extension is approved by the Graduate School (Graduate Students only) and/or ISSS, the student will be allowed to remain in the U.S. until the program is complete.

Last updated: June 4, 2021