Extension of I-20/DS-2019 Program End Date Request Eform
If the F-1 or J-1 student requires additional time to complete his or her academic program requirements beyond the program end date listed on the I-20 or DS-2019, the student must apply for an extension to their I-20 or DS-2019 program end date. The student must obtain academic departmental approval and submit additional proof of finances with the request.
An extension to an I-20 (F-1 students) or DS-2019 (J-1 students) program end date may only be requested and approved if the student has a compelling academic or medical reason for the extension; the student has been maintaining status; the student has continued financial support; and the student is making progress towards completing the academic program.
If a student is requesting an extension, a complete request (including academic advisor approval) must be submitted to ISSS at least 5-7 business days before the student’s current program end date on his/her I-20 or DS-2019. A program extension may only be processed prior to the program end date; failure to submit a timely request may result in a loss of status for the student which would require the student to apply for reinstatement with USCIS or depart the United States.
Please note: I-20 and DS-2019 extensions are limited to a maximum of one year at a time by SEVIS. Extension requests of more than one year in length will automatically be shortened to the one year maximum. Any further extensions will need to be applied for at a later date.
Academic Advisor Recommendation
In addition to submitted the below E-Form, your academic advisor will need to recommend the extension for either an academic or medical reason. Examples of reasons for an extension include, but are not limited to: changes of major or research topics; unexpected research problems; or documented illnesses. Delays caused by academic probation or suspension are not acceptable reasons for a program extension.
When you submit this E-Form, your academic advisor will receive an email from ISSS with a form to complete. Please make sure you talk to your academic advisor and make them aware that they should be expecting this email before you submit the E-Form to ISSS. Without your academic advisor's approval, the E-Form extension request cannot be processed.
Proof of Funding
Students must also submit proof of funding with the E-Form request. This may be a funding letter from the department or other external source, a personal bank statement, the bank statement of a family or friend with a signed financial affidavit of support, or any combination of these sources. You may use multiple accounts/sources as long as the cumulative total meets the minimum required. To view the required minimum amount of funding for your degree program, please click here.
Extension of I-20/DS-2019 Program End Date Request E-Form
Now that you have reviewed and understand all of the above information, you may submit an Extension request form:
1.) Click here to go to the AccessISSS online system.
2.) Click the "Login" button under the International Student & Scholar AccessISSS Log-In header. To see a screenshot, click here.
3.) Enter your NetID (ex: AA123456) and password.
4.) On the left-hand panel, click "Student Services." To see a screenshot, click here.
5.) Select the "Extension of I-20/DS-2019 Program End Date" from the list of forms. To see a screenshot, click here.
6.) Complete the Eform. If you need to return to the form later, click "Save Draft." You can then find the draft again later under the “Requests” tab on your AccessISSS profile homepage (for a screenshot, click here). If you are done and ready to submit the form for ISSS review, click "Submit." To see a screenshot, click here.
7.) This form will ask you to upload supporting documents. If you need assistance, please review the File Upload Instructions webpage.
8.) All updates regarding your form processing will be communicated over email. Please allow up to 5-7 business days for processing.
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