Program Extension

You are required by federal visa regulations to complete your program by the program end date listed on your Form I-20/DS-2019. If you need more time to complete your period of study/research in the U.S. you must request an I-20/DS-2019 Extension BEFORE your current I-20/DS-2019 expires. ISSS can extend your I-20/DS-2019 in the event of unexpected academic circumstances or medical reasons.

Request your extension I-20/DS-2019 at least one month before your Form will expire, if you think you will need an extension. Students who are struggling academically and may be in danger of failing a course required for graduation should apply for an extension to be safe.  You may not request an extension of your document AFTER your program end date has already been reached.

You must submit updated funding documents with your extension request to document how you will meet your estimated expenses. If you need an extension for only one semester, all but one of the courses you take must be in-class courses. If you only need one course to graduate, it cannot be an online course. Talk to your ISSS advisor before finalizing your course plans during the extension period if you are considering online courses.


Submit the following documents to ISSS via the ISSS Portal :

  • Financial Declaration Form and Proof of Funding

Your academic advisor will submit a recommendation to ISSS confirming the time needed to finish your program and the unexpected academic or medical reason for your extension.  You will need to discuss your plans with your academic advisor before completing the Program Extension record so that your advisor can accurately complete the recommendation.    

If you are not eligible for an extension, ISSS will notify you as soon as possible.  If you are eligible for an extension a new Form I-20/DS-2019 will be issued to you with the new extended program end date.

Not all extension requests are granted. Each case will be carefully assessed for its eligibility.