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Extension of I-20/DS-2019

International students who will not fulfill the requirements of their degree before the Program End Date on their I-20 or DS-2019, or who need more time in their program, must complete the Extension of I-20/Extension of DS-2019 request e-form in iSTART.

Extension of I-20/Extension of DS-2019 e-forms must be approved by ISSS by the Program End Date listed on the I-20/DS-2019.

I-20/DS-2019 Program Extensions CANNOT be done after the Program End Date listed on the I-20/DS-2019.

Give yourself a month or more before your Program End Date to submit the Extension of I-20/DS-2019 request form and have it approved by both your academic department/college and ISSS. Note: ISSS has a five business day processing time AFTER the academic department/college approves the extension.

I-20/DS-2019 Program Extensions can be done for one of the following academic reasons:

  • You will not complete coursework/degree requirements before Program End Date listed on the I-20.
  • Change of research topic or advisor.
  • Experienced an unexpected delay in thesis research.
  • Change of major field of study.
  • Finished coursework requirements for degree, but additional on-campus courses remain in study plan that will not be completed before Program End Date listed on the I-20.

Steps to apply for an Extension of I-20/DS-2019

  1. Speak with your academic advisor
  2. Log on to iSTART and find “Extension of I-20”/” Extension of DS-2019” e-form under “F-1/J-1 Student Services.”
  3. Submit the “Financial Information” section.
  4. Complete the “Extension for F-1/J-1 Program Information” section and select the appropriate academic contact to review your Extension of I-20/DS-2019 request.
    • Contact your academic college/department if you do not know which contact to select.