And J-1 Student Program Extension Procedures
student is eligible for a program extension if it is established that
the delay in completing the program requirements has been caused by a
compelling academic reason (such as changes in major field of study,
research topic or unexpected research problems) or documented medical
is a program extension necessary?
students in F-1 status: a
program extension is necessary if you plan on studying past the date
in the Program of Study section of
your current Form I-20.
students in J-1 status: a
program extension is necessary if you plan on studying past the
program end date in item #3 of your Form DS-2019.
end date listed on either Form I-20 or DS-2019 is considered the
"expiration" date of your immigration status. If you do not
apply for a program extension and you remain in the U.S., you will be
considered to be in violation of your immigration status.
see the Program
(include link to Forms page). Submit the required documentation to
OIS at least 30 to 60 days prior to the expiration of your status as
shown on your I-20 or DS-2019.
Departure Form when
you will no longer need the benefits associated with your
non-immigrant status that is currently sponsored by GSU. If you are
an international student, but not sponsored by GSU, please still
submit this form when any of the following situations below apply.
should submit the Departure Verification Form for the following
to another U.S. institution (see below)
end your OPT or AT early
completed your program and will return home
completed OPT or AT and will return home
changed your immigration status
out of GSU
you are transferring out of Governors State University to another
school in the United States, please follow the procedures outlined
you have been admitted to another school, schedule an appointment to
meet with an OIS advisor. In your discussion with an OIS
advisor you will decide on a "SEVIS release date" which OIS
will enter into the SEVIS database. After the release date, the new
school will be able to generate an I-20 for you. Be sure to discuss
any travel or work plans you have with your OIS advisor as that will
affect the transfer procedure.
OIS needs in order to transfer your SEVIS record:
an F-1 student, if you plan on attending another U.S.
institution, your new academic program must begin within five months
of your completion date or end date of OPT. However, you must
complete the transfer process within the 60-day grace period of your
completion date or 60-day grace period after your completion of OPT.
You must contact your international student advisor at your new U.S.
institution within 15 days of the new program start date.
a J-1 student, You must complete the transfer process within the
30-day grace period of your completion date or 30-day grace period
after your completion of Academic Training. You must contact your
international student advisor at your new U.S. institution within 30
days of the program start date.