F-1 & J-1 students who do not complete their program of study by the expiration date noted on their I-20 or DS-2019 form must apply for a program extension before the I-20/DS-2019 expiration date. Failure to extend your stay could jeopardize your legal status and require that you depart the U.S. or file with USCIS for reinstatement of your student status.

Applying for an Extension