The program extension request form is to be used by an F-1 or J-1 student at the University of Pennsylvania who is unable to complete his or her course of study by the program end date on form I-20 (F-1 student) or DS-2019 (J-1 student).
- To allow sufficient time for the extension procedure and SEVIS update, a student must submit his or her request to ISSS at least 30 days before the expiration date of the I-20 or DS-2019.
- A student who fails to request an extension prior to the program expiration date will be considered out of status and must apply to USCIS for reinstatement.
- The extension will extend your I-20/DS-2019, but not your visa stamp. If you have an expired visa stamp in your passport, you are permitted to remain in the U.S. with a valid I-20/DS-2019. However, the next time you travel out of the U.S. and need to re-enter, you will still need to apply for a new visa stamp at a U.S. consulate abroad.
- Submit complete documentation to ISSS for an extension 30 days before the program completion date listed on his/her current I-20 or DS-2019.
- Have continually maintained legal F-1 or J-1 status student status.
- Seek an extension for a delay caused by a compelling academic or medical need for the extension, such as change of major or research topic, unexpected research problems, or documented illness.
- If there is a change in funding source, provide financial documentation covering your educational and living expenses for the extension period.
- NOTE: Delays caused by academic probation or suspension are NOT acceptable reasons for program extension.