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Extending Your I-20

If you are not able to finish your degree program by the end date noted on your I-20 (F-1) or DS 2019 (J-1), you can request an extension of your program. The length of time allowed for an extension is based on the recommendation of your academic adviser. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) will not be approved once an I-20 extension is granted.

Deadline for Extensions

An extension of your I-20 or DS-2019 must be completed 30 days before the end date of the document. If you're I-20 or DS-2019 expires while you are still a student, you will be considered in violation of your status.

Application Instructions

  1. Submit a letter from your academic adviser requesting an Extension. (The letter should have details on why you require an Extension)
  2. Attach proof of funding for additional semesters.
  3. Turn in the advisor letter to SIUE Office of International Programs. An International Advisor will contact you regarding your application within 4 business days.

Change of Academic Level

Undergraduate to Graduate

If you need an extension because you are changing academic levels from an undergraduate to a graduate program, you must submit an admission letter for your new program to the SIUE Office of International Programs. An International Advisor will contact you regarding your new I-20 (F-1) or DS 2019 (J-1) within 4 business days.

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