Requesting a Program Extension | Current International Students
The program end date on your I-20 is an estimate. If you will not complete your program objective by that date, you must request an extension. The U.S. Immigration regulations require that I-20s remain valid during the course of study.
Program extensions MUST be requested before the program end date listed on your I-20.
You are eligible for a program extension if:
- Your I-20 has not yet expired. The expiration date is your program end date indicated in item 5 of the I-20
- You have been continually maintaining lawful F-1 status
- The delay in completion of your program of study was caused by compelling academic or medical reasons
Students in F-1 status are required by law to comply with the regulations pertaining to their immigration status, including the program extension requirements discussed above. Failure to apply in a timely manner for a program extension is considered a violation of status and will disqualify you from benefits such as employment eligibility.
Program Extension Procedure
- Complete the CU I-20 Extension Form
- Submit the completed I-20 Extension Form with appropriate signatures to the OIE front desk about 2 weeks prior to the expiration of your current I-20
- Allow one week for OIE processing
- You will receive an email from OIE when your document is ready for pick up. Remember to keep all copies of old I-20s!