Extension Request Procedures for
An F-1 student is eligible for program extension if he/she has
continually maintained status by enrolling full-time (9-12 hours for
graduate students), showing normal progress toward a degree and
following all INS requirements regarding employment and other
procedures (see Maintenance of Student Status). The extension is
granted only if the student has well documented academic or medical
reasons for the delay. The extension is approved by the International
Extension requests must be made within 30 days before the
expiration of the I-20 form. Please follow the steps below:
DO NOT throw away any
of your old I-20 forms since you may need them
- Complete the Request for I-20AB form.
- Attach a copy of you current I-20 form and a bank statement or
other official financial certification showing sufficient funding
for the requested extension period.
- Complete items 1-6 of the I-538 form. Sign your name on the
signature line after the Practical Training information. DO NOT
complete any information in items 7 & 8 or section B. This
form is necessary in order to certify that you have maintained
your F-1 status.
- Return the documents to the Graduate Student & Scholar
Support Office so that a new I-20 form can be issued for you.
- Sign your name, print your name and put the date at the bottom
of the new I-20 form.
- The top page of the I-20 form (School Copy) along with the
endorsed I-538 form will be sent to INS. (If the purpose of the
I-20 was for you to request a new visa outside the US, keep both
pages of the I-20 form. The top copy will be removed by the
immigration officer at the port of entry.) You will receive the
Student Copy of the new I-20 form. Keep it with your previous
later in the future if you want to
change your immigration status.