Students in F-1 status may be eligible to extend the "complete studies no later than" date on their Forms I-20 if they will be unable to complete their final degree requirement by the current date indicated. The "complete student no later than" date on Form I-20 must be in the future if a student has not yet completed his or her studies and is not completing those studies during post-completion OPT.
Extremely importantly, an application for program extension should be made with the ISO at least 30 days before the "complete studies no later than" date on Form I-20. Program extensions are not granted after the "complete studies no later than" date.
To apply for a program extension you must bring the following to the ISO during office hours:
- Academic Advisor Recommendation Form completed by your academic advisor
- I-20 Request Form completed by you.
- Proof of funding
- Proof of valid health insurance
If you will be completing your final degree requirement before the "complete studies no later than" date on Form I-20, please contact the ISO to obtain a new Form I-20 documenting your shortened program.