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 full business days after submission of a complete application 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.
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