Program Extensions

The initial form I-20 or DS-2019 provided at the beginning of your program was based on anticipated dates of the program of study or affiliation with Brandeis University.  There are several reasons why a student may need additional time to complete the academic program, such as if a change in their major or their research takes longer than expected.  

Federal regulations require that F-1 and J-1 students have a valid Form I-20 or DS-2019 at all times. This means that students who are unable to graduate by the expiration date of their form I-20 or DS-2019 will need to submit paperwork for an extension of stay. The extension must be based on a compelling academic or medical reason such as a change of major or research topic, unexpected research problems, or a documented illness. 

Failure to request a program extension prior to the end date of your current form I-20 or DS-2019 is a violation of status and may result in the loss of your immigration status or future immigration benefits.

Find information on eligibility, how to apply, and required financial documentation below.

You are strongly encouraged to submit your Program Extension Application at least 7-10 business days before your current immigration document expires (I-20 or DS-2019). 

As a reminder, failure to extend your immigration document may result in you falling out of status.  

If you have questions about the extension process or proof of assured funds, contact your ISSO advisor for additional information.