Program Extension

The initial Form I-20/DS-2019 provided to you when you began your program of study at Brandeis University was prepared based on a standard anticipated date of completion. Some students may need additional time to complete their academic program.

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

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

For more information on eligibility for an extension of program, how to apply, and the required financial documentation see below.

You must submit your Program Extension Request in the ISSO Portal at least 7 business days before the current program end date indicated on your Form I-20/Form DS-2019. Failure to extend your program in a timely manner may result in losing your immigration status.  

If you have questions about the extension process, contact your ISSO advisor.