Extension of Program

If you are unable to finish your degree program by the end date noted on your I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1), you can request an extension of your program. The length of time allowed for an extension is based on the recommendation of your academic adviser.

Deadline for Extensions

An extension of your I-20 or DS-2019 must be completed before the end date of the document. If your I-20 or DS-2019 expires while you are still a student, you will be considered in violation of your status.

Application Instructions

  1. Complete the Extension of Program form and print it out.
  2. Have your academic adviser sign the Extension of Program form.
  3. Attach proof of funding as instructed on the form (the requirements are different for F-1 and J-1 students).
  4. Summer Extensions must attach proof of summer enrollment from CalCentral. If you will not be full-time in Summer, also attach a Reduced Course Load Request for Final Term
  5. Turn in the Extension of Program form to Berkeley International Office (in person or via email to internationaloffice@berkeley.edu). If your request for an extension is approved, a new I-20 or DS 2019 will be ready for you in three business days. If important information is missing, or if there is any problem with your request, you will be contacted via email.

Change of Academic Level

  • Undergraduate to Graduate
    If you need an extension because you are changing academic levels from an undergraduate to a graduate program, you must use the Nonimmigrant Information Form (NIF) to request a new I-20 or DS-2019. You should not use the Extension of Program form.
  • Master's to Ph.D.
    • If you have a new admission into the Ph.D. program, you must use the Nonimmigrant Information Form (NIF) to request a new I-20 or DS-2019. It should appear in your CalCentral after you accept your admission. You should not use the Extension of Program form.
    • If you will not obtain a new admission, but your degree objective is changing to Ph.D., complete the Change of Level: Masters to Ph.D. form. Your Ph.D. I-20 will be issued when your admission to the doctoral program is officially recognized by the Graduate Division or after your last day of Masters-level authorized employment.  You should not use the Extension of Program form.