Find out what you need to do if you need more time to complete your studies.
If you will not complete your academic program by the Program End Date in the Program of Study section of your current I-20, you must file for an Extension of Stay and receive a new I-20 with a new completion date. This must be done before your current I-20 expires.
We recommend that you submit your application to ISS, 210 Talbert Hall 30–90 days before the Program End Date on your current I-20. Note: The earliest that we can accept your application is 90 days before the Program End Date.
To be eligible for an extension of stay, you must show that:
o Change of major or research topic
o Unexpected research problems
o Loss of credits upon transfer to the University at Buffalo
o Documented illness
Note: Delays due to academic probation or suspension do not qualify for an extension.
Note: If you are applying for an extension due to delays caused by a medical issue, you must submit medical documentation.
To apply for an Extension of Stay, submit the following documents to ISS, Talbert Hall 210 prior to the Program End Date on your current I-20:
ISS will calculate the total amount of financial support that you must document for an Extension of Stay depending upon the number of credit hours you need to complete your program and the number of months / semesters you require to finish your program.
Yes. After we receive your complete Extension of Stay application, ISS will extend your SEVIS record and create a new I-20 with an updated Program End Date.
Please keep your new I-20 and all of your previous I-20’s. Do not throw away your old I-20’s as they are an important piece of your immigration history!
You should carry all of your I-20’s when traveling because you may be required to present them as proof of your immigration history.