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Office of International Programs

Extension of Stay

F-1 students are required to complete their academic programs by the program end date listed on their I-20. Students unable to complete their program by the program end date may apply for an extension of stay.


  • Must have valid F-1 status and be making normal progress toward completion of educational objective.
  • Must apply before the I-20 program end date.
  • Must meet one of the valid reasons for extension:
    • Compelling academic reason such as a change of major, research topics or research       complications.
    • Documented medical reason such as hospitalization or prolonged illness.
  • NOTE: Academic probation, suspension, or Curricular Practical Training are not valid reasons for a program extension.

I-20 Extension Application Process

Submit the following to International Student, Scholar and Faculty Services (ISSFS):

  • Request for Extension Form – Attached to the form should be a letter from your academic department which details the reason why you were unable to complete the program, courses remaining, and the length of extension recommended.
  • An updated UT Tyler Certification of Financial Responsibility
  • Proof of funding for the period of extension.