Extension of F-1 Stay

Extension of F-1 Stay

 

Even though an F-1 Visa status student is admitted to the U.S. for “duration of status (D/S)” to complete an educational program, the student must complete his/her program of study by the program end date designated in SEVIS.  A student who will not complete the academic program by the program end date must apply to the International Student Affairs Coordinator for an extension BEFORE the program end date.  The student should contact the International Student Affairs Coordinator at least three to four weeks before the program end date. 

 

An F-1 student is eligible for extension of stay if:

  • The student applies to the International Student Affairs Coordinator prior to the program end date. 

  • The student has continually maintained status.

  • The International Student Affairs Coordinator can certify that the delay in program completion was “caused by compelling academic or medical reasons…”

 

To request an extension of the program end date, the student and student’s academic advisor must complete and sign the Request for Extension form provided by the International Student Affairs Coordinator.  The student will also be required to submit an updated financial ability statement.  If the student has submitted documentation listed above and the International Student Affairs Coordinator approves the extension of the program end date, the International Student Affairs Coordinator will issue a new Form I-20 for the student with the new program end date.