Program Extensions for F-1 Students

Extension of F-1 stay

If you are unable to complete your degree program within the time period indicated on the admission I-20, you may request a program extension if the delay is caused by compelling academic or medical reasons:

  • Illness (requires medical documentation from a licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or licensed clinical psychologist)
  • Change in major field of study
  • Change in research topic
  • Unexpected research problems
  • Annual extension (only applicable to studens in J-1 status)

Application for extension MUST be made prior to the completion date on your I-20. Your academic advisor is required to certify that the delay in completing program requirements was caused by a compelling academic or medical reason, and that you are making progress toward completion of your degree.

You will also be asked to provide your most recent Form I-94 and Proof of Financial Support as per www.miami.edu/internationalCOA.

If your delay in completing your program is not for one of the reasons discussed above, or if you do not apply prior to the completion date on your I-20, you will be considered to be out-of-status and must apply for reinstatement.

Complete the  Extend Program Request for Students in F-1 and J-1 Status form to apply for a program extension.