Apply Early for Program Extensions

F-1 and J-1 students have a set period of time to complete their academic programs. Your end date is on page one of your I-20 or DS-2019.

Students unable to meet academic requirements by the program end date must apply for a program extension before their program end date.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for program extension, F-1 and J-1 students must meet these requirements:

  • The I-20/DS-2019 has not expired.
  • Students have continuously maintained their F-1 or J-1 status.
  • The delay in completion of program is because of one of these compelling reasons:
    • Academics, including change of major, change in research topic, or unexpected research problems.
    • Medical, with documentation required from Student Health Center or a US-licensed medical physician.

How to Request an Extension

  1. Provide IPS with a completed, signed Academic Advisor’s Recommendation for Extension of Program of Study. Forms here:
  1. We will contact you when your new I-20 or DS-2019 is ready.

You Need to Know

  • Submit your extension request as soon as possible, at least one to two months prior to the expiration of your current I-20 form.
  • Be sure to keep all I-20 or DS-2019 forms you have been issued.