Program Extension for F-1 Students
A program extension is an extension of student status for an international student who is unable to meet the program completion date listed on their Form I-20. Approval for a program extension is based on delays caused by compelling academic or medical reasons.
Types of Program Extension
International students can be approved for two different types of program extension:
- Compelling Academic Reasons
- Change of major
- Change in research topic
- Unexpected research problems
- Inadequate time granted on initial Form I-20
- Medical Reason
- Documented illness
Who is eligible for a Program Extension?
International students can apply for a program extension if:
- The student is currently in valid F-1 student status
- The student has continually maintained status
- The student has submitted the request prior to the program completion date listed on their Form I-20
- The student must possess a valid passport
Who is NOT eligible for a Program Extension?
International students CANNOT apply for a program extension if:
- The student has been placed on academic probation or suspension at St. Cloud State University
- The student’s program completion date has passed
- The student is applying for a program extension in order to extend Curricular Practical Training(CPT)
Important Points to Remember
- Students must allow 5 business days for the Center for International Studies to process their request.
- If an international student fails to apply for a program extension before their Form I-20 program completion date, then the student is considered out of status and is not eligible for a program extension.
- International students who are ineligible for a program extension must either apply for reinstatement of student status or exit the United States and apply for admission with a new SEVIS ID and Form I-20 issued for initial attendance.
- Failure to apply for a program extension prior to the international student’s Form I-20 program completion date will result in the loss of ability to work on-campus, qualify for the ACSS, and other F-1 student visa benefits.