The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires students to finish their program of study by the program end date indicated on their I-20 (3rd section – Program of Study). An F-1 student who is currently maintaining status and making normal progress toward completing their educational objective, but who is unable to complete their degree plan by the program end date on the Form I-20, must apply for a I-20 extension prior to the program end date. ACC students must apply for an I-20 extension before the current program end date indicated on their I-20. If the student fails to meet the deadline, there is no guarantee the request will be processed before the current I-20 expires. ACC students must extend their I-20 before travelling, or they will not be able to return to the U.S.
You can become eligible for a program extension if you meet all these requirements:
Submit the following documents to the International Student Office with a deadline of one month before the program end date listed on your I-20.
I-20 extension requests may be submitted to the International Student Office (ISO) to firstname.lastname@example.org. However, the ISO may request them to be submitted in person. Documents must be clean, clear, and legible. Requests are reviewed by the ISO and the student is notified via email upon completion. Allow five (5) business days for processing.
ACC I-20 extension request guidelines were created from the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(7)(i) and 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(7)(iii) pertaining to the extension of stay for non-immigrant students in colleges and universities.