Information about F-1 Program Extension

Immigration regulations require that you file for an extension of time when you are not able to complete your program of study by the date that appears on your current Form I-20.

To complete this requirement, you must apply for a program extension and be issued a new Form I-20 before your current Form I-20 expires.

Failure to comply with this requirement results in the termination of your F-1 student status. St. Joseph's College is required by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to report this information to SEVIS.

How to qualify for a program extension

  1. Your current Form I-20 has not expired.

  2. You have sufficient financial support for the remainder of your program.

  3. One of the following caused the delay in completing your program:

    • An important academic reason such as: needing more developmental English than you expected, a change of major, a change of research topic or unexpected research problems.

    • A documented medical reason. Attach medical evidence from a licensed medical doctor or psychologist on official letterhead that states the nature of the illness and the period of time you were ill (if not already on file in our office).

A delay due to academic probation or suspension is NOT an acceptable reason for a program extension according to immigration regulations.

If you need to extend your program but do not meet these qualifications, make an appointment to meet with the international student adviser to discuss your options.

How to apply for a program extension

Complete the attached Request for a Program Extension form. If the reason for your extension is academic, have the form certified by your academic adviser or department chair. If the reason is medical, attach documentation for the illness or medical condition.

If your evidence of financial support is more than one year old, complete the application for the Form I-20 and attach the required documentary evidence of financial capability for the remainder of the time you will need to complete your program of study.

Information about application processing

We will review your extension request. If the reason for the delay in completing your program meets immigration requirements, your program will be extended and a new Form I-20 will be issued to you.

Kevyn Piascik
Assistant Director of International Admissions
Primary Designated School Official
245 Clinton Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Phone: 718.940.5800
Fax: 718.636.8303

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