A student who has entered a new degree program but failed to obtain a new I-20 reflecting the new program should have a new I-20 processed at ISSS; this is generally not considered a Program Extension.
Student must be in legal F-1 status.
I-20 must reflect student’s current program of study
Student must possess valid passport
Delays in completion must be caused by compelling academic or medical reasons, such as:
Changes of major or research topics
Unexpected research problems
Delays caused by academic probation or suspension are not acceptable reasons for a Program Extension
Students unsure of their eligibility for a Program Extension should consult with an ISSS adviser during scheduled Walk-In Hours or a scheduled appointment. Students who are not eligible for a Program Extension should make every effort to complete their program of study before their I-20 expires. Failure to complete the program will result in the loss of legal status and the need to file for Reinstatement with the Dept of Homeland Security, if eligible, or to make a new entry into the U.S. with an “initial attendance” I-20. This will result in the student losing eligibility for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training and/or Curricular Practical Training. Students should consult with an ISSS Adviser regarding their options.
Academic Reason for Program Extension: obtain a letter from your academic adviser that contains the following information:
A detailed reason for the delay in completion.
Where the student is currently at in his/her program
When student will be expected to complete all degree requirements.
Medical Reason for Program Extension:
Obtain letter from Physician verifying:
Illness prohibited the student from completing his/her program by the original I-20 end date.
Submit the documentation noted under “Application” to an ISSS Adviser during scheduled Walk-In Hours or during a scheduled appointment – note: ISSS will want the original copies of the academic adviser’s letter and/or the physician’s letter.
An ISSS Adviser will review the application. If the ISSS Adviser does not feel the academic adviser’s letter meets with DHS regulations, the student will be asked to obtain another letter.
Approval of the Program Extension will result in the issuance of a new I-20 that reflects a new completion date. Student will receive an email when the new I-20 is ready for pick up.
Denial of the Program Extension will result in the need for student to apply to the DHS for Reinstatement of Legal Status or make a reentry into the U.S. with an “initial attendance” I-20.
Students on University Payroll
A new Form I-9 must be completed by University Payroll. 2nd Street. Bring your passport, I-94 and new I-20. Salary will be withheld until the new I-9 is processed.
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