You must have a valid academic reason to extend your program and receive a visa document extension.
In order to extend, please follow the steps below:
1. Complete the Academic Advisor's Recommendation for F-1 / J-1 Program Extension
Students should fill out the top portion of the Faculty / Staff Recommendation for F-1 / J-1 Program Extension and the student's academic advisor should fill out and sign the bottom portion.
2. Submit the Online F-1/J-1 Program Extension Application
Upload the Academic Advisor's Recommendation Form to the Online F-1 / J-1 Program Extension Application. If ISSO has not already advised you about the amount of tuition and living expenses needed for the extension period, leave that section blank and ISSO will contact you after you submit the form.
3. Submit Updated Financial Documentation
In order to extend your visa document program, you are asked to provide updated financial documentation showing sufficient funds available to cover any tuition and fees and living expenses associated with the extension. If you already uploaded your financial documentation to the application, you can skip this step.
You are strongly encouraged to submit your Program Extension Application at least 7 - 10 business days before your current visa document expires (I-20 or DS-2019).
Failure to extend your visa document may result in you falling out of legal visa status.