I-20s and DS-2019s are issued for set lengths of time, based on our University's I-17, which stipulates the projected program length for each level of study. Sometimes, students require more time to complete the program, most commonly in cases where students are working on comprehensive papers or research, such as a thesis or dissertation.
If you require an extension to your I-20 or DS-2019, OISS can help you. You must complete the I-20/DS-2019 request form and indicate you require an extension. This application will also require a letter from your advisor explaining why the extension is necessary. If you are found eligible, OISS will issue you a new I-20 or DS-2019 with a new end date.