If you are maintaining status and making normal progress towards program completion, your DSO MAY grant you an extension for delays caused by any of the following:
- Change in major or research topic- Unexpected research problems- Documented illness
Program Length Extension shall NOT be granted for any of the following reasons:
- Academic probation- Suspension from school- Request for an extension made after the program end date on your Form I-20
F-1 students are asked to contact a DSO four (4) months prior to the program end date.
You MUST contact a DSO if you are having trouble in your classes and cannot successfully complete the program requirements by the end date listed on your Form I-20. In order to avoid falling out of status, it is imperative to talk to a DSO before any issues become problems.