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EXTENDING STATUS


If you need more time to finish your program beyond the completion date on your Form I-20, you must apply for an Extension of Program before the completion date. We recommend that you apply no less than 30 days prior. Go ONLINE and follow the instructions on how to obtain and fill out the form.

If you need more time to finish your program beyond the completion date on your Form I-20, you must apply for an Extension of Program before the completion date. We recommend that you apply no less than 30 days prior.

 

Eligibility and Requirements

You must not only be eligible to extend but must do so prior to your I-20 completion date, or you will be out of status and will be required to reinstate before you may continue your studies.

 

To qualify, you must

  • be a non-immigrant currently maintaining student status and are able to, and in good faith intending to, continue maintaining that status for the period in which the extension would be granted
  • be able to show that the delay was caused by compelling academic or medical reasons such as changes of major or research topics, loss of credits upon transfer to BYU, unexpected research problems, or documented illnesses—Delays caused by academic probation or suspension are not acceptable reasons for program extension.

 

If you need more time to finish your program beyond the completion date on your Form I-20, you must apply for an Extension of Program before the completion date. We recommend that you apply no less than 30 days prior.