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Extending Your Stay in the United States

If you are not able to finish your degree program by the end date noted on your I-20 or DS 2019, you can request an extension of your program. The length of time allowed for an extension is based on the recommendation of your academic adviser. J-1 sponsored students may need additional approval from their sponsor prior to being able to extend their stay in the U.S.

Deadline for Extensions

An extension of your I-20 or DS-2019 must be completed before the end date of the document. If your I-20 or DS-2019 expires while you are still a student, you will be considered in violation of your status.

Application Instructions
  1. Student or Student’s academic advisor downloads Program Extension Form from ISS website http://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/iss/forms/Prog-Ext-April2013.pdf
  2. Academic adviser completes Program Extension Form indicating new term in which student will graduate.
  3. Form is submitted to International Student Services. Forms may be faxed to 475-7419.
  4. After the application is processed, students are notified by email that the new I-20 or DS-2019 may be picked up from the ISS office.
J-2 Students or Scholars

If an exchange visitor must have an extension of stay to complete the program for which he or she was admitted to the US, a request for a program extension must be filed with his or her program sponsor prior to the expiration date on the DS-2019. Extension periods vary depending on the category of exchange visitor.

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