Student Immigration Definitions
Obtaining F-1 Student Status at Columbia
Important Information for Students Fully Funded
by Columbia University
Transfer of F-1 Supervision
Change of Status to F-1
Message for Canadian Students
Potential Delays in Visa Issuance
Student Tax Information
Maintaining F-1 Status
Academic Certification for Travel
F-1 Travel Information
Govt Q & A for F-1 Travel
DHS Information on Arrival Problems
F-1 Extension of Stay (Current Program)
F-1 Extension of Stay to Begin New Program
F-1 Work Opportunities
F-1 Practical Training (PT) Overview
F-1 Curricular Practical Training
F-1 Optional PT Before Degree Completion
F-1 Optional PT After Degree Completion
NEW STEM 24-month OPT extension
F-1 Internship with an International Organization
F-1 Leave of Absence, Suspension or Withdrawal
Student Departure Information
F-1 Reduced Course Load Request
Inviting Relatives/Friends to Visit You
Address Change Form
Applying for a Social Security Number
F-1 Student Program Extension to Complete Current Program
Department of Homeland (DHS) regulations require students in F-1 status to complete their program by the expected completion date noted in item 5 on the initial Form I-20 ("...and complete studies not later than (date)___."). The stated length of study and expected completion date on the initial I-20 used to begin your current program of study at Columbia University determines whether you must apply for a "Program Extension" to remain in the U.S. to complete your program.
If you will not be able to complete your current program by the expected completion date because of valid academic or medical reasons, you must apply for a Program Extension with the ISSO, which is then responsible for notifying the DHS of this change.
THE PROGRAM EXTENSION MUST BE REQUESTED BEFORE THE EXPIRATION OF THE EXPECTED COMPLETION DATE. An F-1 student who is ineligible for a Program Extension either because of missing the deadline or not meeting the eligibility requirements listed below is considered out of status. The student may apply to the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) for reinstatement, if eligible.
Deadline: You must submit your application to the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) BEFORE the completion date on your I-20. There is no prescribed period in which to do so, except that an extension of an I-20 must take place before the current one expires.
How to Apply:
Submit the required documents listed below as a single PDF file attached to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scan your documents into ONE file in PDF format only. Submissions in any other format will not be accepted and reviewed. Do not send individual files (I-94 arrival record as one file, faculty advisor letter as another file, etc.). Do not take photos with your phone and send .jpg or .tiff files. Do not email a link to Dropbox, Google Drive or any other cloud site. You will receive an automated reply from the ISSO confirming that your email was received. Put your legal name, UNI and Extension in the subject line. Example: Joe Boxer jb1234 Extension
The International Students and Scholars Office will:
You must sign and date the new extended I-20
Last Reviewed: 4 June 2015
Last modified: 4 June 2015