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.
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.
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.