F-1 Program Extension

If you are not able to finish your degree program by the end date noted on your I-20 (F-1) or DS 2019 (J-1), 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.

Deadline for Extensions

An extension of your I-20 or DS-2019 must be completed before the end date on your document.  If your end date passes while you are still a student, you are in violation of your status.  Your program cannot be extended after it has expired.

Application Instructions

  1. Complete the Extension of Program form and print it out (save a copy to your computer before completing it).
  2. Have the Program Extension form signed by your Academic Adviser
  3. Attach proof of funding as instructed on the form.
  4. Turn in the Extension of Program form to ISSO (at least two weeks before your document expires). If your request for an extension is approved, a new I-20 or DS 2019 will be ready for you in three business days. If important information is missing, or if there is any problem with your request, we will contact you within three business days.

In order to extend your F-1 program for up to one year at UCSF you will need to complete and submit the F-1 Student Program Extension form to our office. The form must be signed by your faculty advisor.