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F1: Extension of Stay

 

General Information

F-1 students are admitted to the United States for "D/S" (duration of status) which is defined as the time necessary to complete an educational program (within limits) and any authorized practical training plus 60 days. In order to determine what D/S means for you, see section #5 on your I-20. This will give your expected completion date.

Students who are unable to complete their program of study by the expected completion date must apply for an extension. Should you need more time to complete your studies, you must complete the Request for Program Extension Form (click here for form) and bring it to OISS at least 30 days before your program will expire.

You cannot obtain a program extension after your I-20 expires.

Students are eligible for an extension only if they have maintained student status and qualify under criteria outlined below.

Extension within Normal Limit

In accordance with USCIS regulations, I-20 forms issued by Wayne State University are for the following periods: Bachelor's (4 years); Master's (2 years); and Doctorate (6-7 years). If you have an otherwise valid Form I-20 which was issued for a period less than those above, you must follow procedures outlined below for an extension up to the time allowed.

What do I need to do?

Schedule a meeting with an advisor (click here) or come by during walk-in advising and bring the following to OISS:

  1. Completed Request for Program Extension From (click here for form)
  2. Current Form I-20
  3. Passport
  4. Form I-94
  5. Verification of adequate financial support

Within ten working days OISS will provide you with a new Form I-20.

OISS will notify USCIS of your extension. You will keep the I-20 for your permanent records. This completes the extension process.

Extension Beyond Normal Limit

Students who are unable to complete their program of study by the expected completion date within normal limits must use the following procedure for an extension. In addition to general criteria for both types of extensions outlined above (under "General Information"), students are eligible for an extension beyond the normal limit only if they are able to verify that there were compelling legitimate academic or medical problems which caused the delay. Such problems are defined by USCIS as matters such as a change of major or research topic, unexpected research problems, or a documented illness. Academic problems such as being placed on probation or suspension are not cause for an extension of stay.

Should you meet the requirements for an extension, you must complete a Request for Program Extension From (click here for form) and bring it to OISS at least 30 days before your program will expire. You cannot obtain a program extension after your I-20 expires. Students are eligible for an extension only if they have maintained student status and qualify under criteria outlined below.

Schedule a meeting with an advisor (click here) or come by during walk-in advising and bring the following to OISS:

  1. Documentation (from academic adviser or medical doctor) which verifies reasons for the delay
  2. Completed Request for Program Extension From (click here for form)
  3. Current Form I-20
  4. Passport
  5. Form I-94
  6. Verification of adequate financial support

If the adviser in OISS believes that an extension is warranted, a new I-20 will be issued within ten working days.

OISS will notify USCIS of your extension. You will keep the I-20 for your permanent records. This completes the extension process.

Additional Information

Students unable to complete a degree by the expected completion date, and who do not qualify for an extension of stay, will need to consult with an OISS advisor about applying for reinstatement.

For students who will be traveling to their home countries to process the extension, a special notation from an adviser in OISS is required on the new Form I-20 which states, "pursuant to 8 CFR 214.2 (f) (7) (iii) program extension is granted until the date indicated in item #5 of this Form."