F-1 students may apply to ISSC for an extension of program if they are not able to complete their degree program before the current expiration date on their I-20.
Approval of extension is at the discretion of the ISSC.
An F-1 extension may be granted in accordance with the recommendations provided by the student’s academic advisor on the I-20 Extension Request Form.
Extension requests may be denied if they do not fall within the regulatory guidelines.
DSOs will certify that they delay in completion is “caused by compelling academic or medical reasons, such as changes of major or research topics, unexpected research problems, or documented illnesses”.
Extensions will be granted for a maximum of one year.
Extensions will not be granted if application is submitted after the I-20 expiration date.
The end date of the extended I-20 will coincide with the graduation day for each semester.
Because an extension will require issuance of a new Form I-20, updated financial documents (to show the student has sufficient financial support to continue his/her studies, beyond the original program end date) are required.