If additional time is needed to complete your program of study, you may request an extension. You should do this at least 30 days prior to the end date on your I-20. If you let your I-20 expire you will be out of status and will be required to apply for reinstatement so be sure to watch the dates on your I-20. For an extension, you will need
- A completed I-20 extension form signed by an academic adviser.
- Proof of financial support (bank statement, bank letter, or sponsorship letter) showing the estimated expenses of at least $16,850. Please note: this procedure will extend your I-20 but not your visa. If your visa expires, it is ok to remain in the U.S. as long as your F-1 status is valid. The next time you travel outside of the U.S. you will need to renew your visa before re-entering.