Program End Date

For immigration purposes, your program end date is the date that you complete your degree requirements, not the date of your graduation ceremony or degree conferral.

LEVEL

I-20/DS-2019 END DATE

  • Undergraduate students

  • Masters students with coursework in the final term

The last day of final exams week for the last semester or session you are enrolled (review the Academic Calendar for the exact dates)

  • Masters students with thesis or master's report

  • Doctoral students

The date you submit the final version of your dissertation/thesis, with revisions, to the Graduate College. If you submit your dissertation/thesis by the submission deadline on the Graduate College website, your end date will be the last day of exam week of that semester.

For enrollment requirements in your final semester, including completion during summer or winter sessions, review Full-Time Enrollment.
 

Extending Your Program

Request a program extension if you will not complete your degree by the end date indicated on your I-20 or DS-2019.  

You should submit your request to International Student Services (ISS) during your final semester or session before your I-20 or DS-2019 expires, and at least 3 weeks prior to your I-20 or DS-2019 end date. Extensions can be granted for up to 1 year at a time. If you must apply for more than one extension, ISS will take into consideration the reasons for past extension requests when reviewing your eligibility for additional extensions.
 

How to Apply

Submit the Program Extension e-form in UA International.

  • In the e-form, you will be asked to provide the name and email address for your academic advisor. The advisor you indicate will receive an email with a link to UA International, so he or she can provide information about your degree completion date and the reason for the extension. If you have more than one major, you must also submit the Secondary Advisor Information e-form.

  • You must upload proof of funding. Review the Cost of Attendance: Continuing Undergraduate and Graduate Students for the amount required. 

  • If you are submitting funding from family or friends, you must also upload a signed Declaration of Support.

  • Graduate students receiving university funding: you can either upload a copy of your departmental funding letter or your academic advisor can provide the funding information in the advisor portion of the e-form. 

Normal processing time is 10 business days.
 

Shortening Your Program

Submit the Shorten Program e-form in UA International.

  • In the e-form, you will be asked to provide the name and email address for your academic advisor. The advisor you indicate will receive an email with a link to UA International, so he or she can confirm your degree completion date. If you have more than one major, you must also submit the Secondary Advisor Information e-form.

  • In the e-form you will also be able to indicate whether you want a new I-20 reprinted after your program end date is shortened in SEVIS.

  • If you are submitting another request that requires information from your academic advisor (for example, CPT or OPT) then you do not need to also submit the Shorten Program e-form. Your advisor will be able to confirm your program end date as part of the other e-form request. 

Normal processing time is 10 business days.