An extension of your I-20 is necessary if
all of the following are true:
- You are unable to complete your academic program by the end date listed on your I-20.
- You require additional time in F-1 status in the United States to complete program requirements*
*If you plan to return home to complete your program requirements (i.e. enrolling in an online class, completing plan B/thesis/dissertation requirements outside of the U.S. with advisor approval), you do not need to extend your I-20. A valid I-20 is required only if you need to maintain F-1 status while in the United States. An expired I-20 has no impact on your academic program or your ability to graduate and earn your degree. This may, however, impact eligibility for OPT. This only matters if OPT is something you would like to pursue after graduating. If you have questions about this, please ask an OGE advisor.
You are eligible for an extension of your I-20 if all of the following are true:
- You request an extension before the end date listed on your I-20.
- Your academic/program advisor confirms that you are making satisfactory progress toward your program and that the additional time required is to complete program requirements (an electronic recommendation is used to verify this during the application process).
- You are/were enrolled in a full course of study per the government's definition during the current or most recent required semester of enrollment.
- You are otherwise maintaining valid F-1 status.