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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I fail to complete my program on time and miss the deadline to apply for a program extension or am ineligible for a program extension?

You are considered “out of status” and must seek to regain status.  Please seek ISSS support!

Should I apply for a program extension if I change from a Bachelor's to a Master's program, or from a Master's to a PhD program?

No, instead you should submit a “new degree program” request to ISSS. Review more information on Graduate Admission.

I have finished all my degree requirements, but I would like more time for personal reasons or plan to take coursework for fun. Can I be approved for a program extension?

If you have completed all degree requirements for your program of study, ISSS may not extend your I-20 or DS-2019. However, if you have maintained status, you will have a grace period to remain in the U.S.

I just started my studies at Miami but I already know I will need more time. Can I go ahead and apply for a program extension?

ISSS recommends that you submit your request 1-3 months in advance of your document’s expiration. Our office receives the most accurate academic information from you and your department at that time which aids us in making informed decisions about your I-20 and DS-2019. However, if you feel your situation is more urgent, please connect with an ISSS advisor to discuss your situation in more detail.

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