International Student and Scholar Services

Program Extension

An extension of student status is available for international students who are unable to meet the program completion date on their I-20. 

Failure to apply before completion date will result in the loss of on-campus work, eligibility for the Academic & Cultural Sharing Scholarship and other benefits.

Allow seven business days to process extension requests.


  • Academic
    • Change of major.
    • Change in research topic.
    • Unexpected research problems.
    • Inadequate time granted on initial I-20.
  • Medical
    • Documented illness


  • The student has valid F-1 student status.
  • The student has continually maintained status.
  • The student has submitted the request before the program completion date on their I-20. 
  • The student has a valid passport.
  • The student has not been on academic probation or suspension at St. Cloud State.
  • The student’s program has not passed the completion date.
  • The student has not applied for a program extension to extend curricular practical training.


Complete the request packet:

  • Program extension for F-1 (PDF) students or Program extension for F-1 Intensive English Center (PDF) students
  • Program completion form. Supporting evidence for request:
    • Academic
      • A written statement from the student's academic advisor describing the circumstances.
      • A Major Program Plan from their advisor detailing the remaining course enrollment plan.
    • Medical
      • A written statement from a licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy or clinical psychologist that describes the circumstances.

For review, drop off the packet at the CIS front desk or email it to  

An adviser will respond by email. 



Students who are ineligible for an extension may:

  • Apply for reinstatement of student status
  • Exit the U.S. and apply for admission with a new SEVIS ID and I-20 issued for initial attendance