F-1 Extension of Status

It is your responsibility to be familiar with all the information on your I-20, including its expiration date. If you will not complete your degree program before the current expiration date on your I-20, you must:

  • Request an I-20 extension 1 month BEFORE it expires.
  • Review the Extension of Program Policyfor more details before applying for an extension.
  • AFTER your I-20 expires, you can no longer request an extension.

  • Log into iStart
  • If you are unfamiliar with iStart, see the “Welcome to iStart” webpage and video
  • In iStart: click on “F1 Student Services”, then “Extension of I-20” e-form.

  • No Guarantee: Submitting the I-20 Extension request does not guarantee approval of the request. There must be compelling academic or medical reasons in order to be eligible for an extension.

  • An ISSS advisor will review your request within 3-5 business days and notify you by email of a decision or follow up information needed, if required.
  • If you are not eligible for an extension, an advisor in ISSS will discuss your options.