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Extending Your Current I-20/DS-2019

Extension of I-20 or DS-2019 requests must be submitted to the ISSC at 30 to 60 days before the I-20/DS-2019 expiration date.

F-1 students

F-1 immigration regulations require students to maintain a full course of study and make academic progress toward the completion of their degree program. If you cannot complete your degree program by the I-20 expiration date on page one of your most current I-20, you must submit an eForm request for an extension of your I-20 to the ISSC prior to your I-20 expiration date.

How to Apply for an I-20 Extension

1. Ask your academic advisor, faculty advisor or dissertation chair for a recommendation letter.

  • The letter must include academic justification for why you need more time to complete your degree program and new anticipated completion date.
  • Requirements for the justification letter can be found here: https://issc.asu.edu/academic-advisor-letter
  •  For Graduate Students, you should also download the Student Timeline for Completion template, list tasks that need to be completed for your degree program and have it signed by your faculty advisor or academic advisor.

2. Verify that your LOCAL address in My ASU is your current residential address and gather the following required documents:

3. Submit the eForm. Once submitted, do not cancel the eForm. Simply close the browser by clicking on X button. You will receive email confirmation of successful eForm submission.

If you have F-2 dependents, your dependent I-20(s) will be automatically extended with your record.

If additional information or documentation is needed, the ISSC will contact you directly by email or phone.

When your eForm status shows approved, we have extended your I-20. You will receive an email from ASU ISSC when your extended I-20 is ready to be picked up from the ISSC.

Sign and date your new I-20. This is now your most current I-20 to use for travel. Be sure to put your previous I-20 in a safe place.  You are required to keep all of your original I-20s for your records.

J-1 Degree-seeking Students

DS-2019 issued by ASU

J-1 immigration regulations require students to maintain a full course of study and make academic progress toward the completion of their degree program. If you cannot complete your degree program by your DS-2019 expiration date on page one of your most current DS-2019, you must submit the request for extension of your DS-2019 to the ISSC prior to your DS-2019 expiration date. Please email ISSC@asu.edu for instructions on how to request for DS-2019 extension.

DS-2019 not issued by ASU

You must contact your J-1 Exchange Visitor sponsor to request for an extension of your DS-2019 and follow their instructions. Once your DS-2019 is extended, please submit the copy to the ISSC so that we can update your ASU record.

Please submit copy of your DS-2019 in-person at the ISSC during our office hours.

Contact ASU ISSC for further advisement if after consulting with your J-1 Exchange Visitor sponsor you are directed to transfer your SEVIS record to ASU for completion of your degree program at ASU.

J-1 Exchange Students

J-1 students who are in the U.S. through ASU Study Abroad must consult with ASU Study Abroad Office - International Exchange Student Team with regard to the request for an extension of their studies at ASU.

If you receive a written approval from the Study Abroad Office, please forward such approval to the ISSC for further advisement on requesting a DS-2019 extension.