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International Student Services

Program Extensions

Keeping your I-20 or DS-2019 valid is extremely important while you are an international student at USC.

Check your immigration document each semester. If you do not plan to graduate, but your I-20/DS-2019 end date shows an end date within the current semester, you need to extend your immigration document by submitting the Program Extension Form (located in the Forms Library).

You can submit your application at the front desk of ISS. If you have questions, come to walk-in hours or make an appointment to speak with an international student advisor. You must apply for a program extension in a timely manner, which means you should apply during the semester that your current I-20 expires and at least ten business days before your program ends.

A  program extension is typically authorized for one semester, but the maximum extension is one year at a time. If you need more than one year, mention this on your application, but be aware that you will need to get an additional program extension after the initial one year extension.

In order to extend your program, you need the following documents:

  • Program Extension application that demonstrates an academic reason for extending your program. You and your academic advisor must both complete this form. 

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