Extending Your Current Program (F and J Students)
Before You Apply
Apply for your extension at least two weeks before your I-20 or DS-2019 expires. Your Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) cannot be extended after the program end date.
How to Apply to Extend Your Current Program
Get your Academic Advisor's recommendation
The letter (or printed email) must:
- be from your academic advisor or dean (or someone in a similar academic position who is aware of your situation)
- detail the specific reason(s) for requiring more time
- include your expected completion date
Gather your documents
Login to Compass with your UNI and password to submit your application
Please click the appropriate link below:
We will contact you
Allow up to 10 business days for us to review and process your application. We will notify you by email when your new extended I-20 or DS-2019 is ready to be picked up or shipped.
Review, sign and date your new I-20 / DS-2019
Use it when you travel. The travel signature on page 2 of your I-20 or page 1 of a DS-2019 is valid for 12 months or until your program end date, whichever is earlier. Keep all previously issued I-20s/DS-2019s. You may need them in the future.