Program Extension

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If you are unable to complete your present degree by the date indicated on your I-20, you may apply for a program extension within the semester in which that document expires and at least 30 days before the end date on your I-20.

Eligibility for Program Extension

An F-1 student is eligible for an program extension if:

  • The student applies to the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) Office for the extension at least 30 days prior to the program end date on the student’s I-20
  • The student’s SEVIS record is updated by ISSS to reflect the extension before the program completion date
  • The student has "continually maintained status"
  • ISSS can certify that the delay in completion is caused by compelling academic or medical reasons, such as changes of major or research topics, unexpected research problems, or documented illnesses
  • Academic dismissal or probation has not delayed the student's completion of degree

Applying for a Program Extension

To apply for a program extension, please make an appointment with the ISSS Office 1-3 months before your program end date on your I-20 and submit the following to ISSS:

  • Program Extension Request Form
  • Letter from academic advisor or ELP coordinator describing the compelling academic reasons why the student’s program could not be completed by the allotted time on the student’s I-20 (if not able to fit explanation on the Program Extension Request Form)


The deadline for applying for a program extension of your I-20 is to be no later than 30 days before the end date on your I-20.

Contact Us - ISSS General

Contact Us

International Student and Scholar Services Office
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Royce Hall
Platteville, WI 53818


Phone: +1.608.342.1726