Extending your program
Your I-20/DS-2019 is only valid until you either finish your degree program or your document expires. If your I-20/DS-2019 is nearing the expiration date and you need more time to finish your degree program, you may request additional time by submitting a request for a new I-20/Ds2019 to extend your program in myStatus. You will need to enter your academic adviser’s email address so they can complete a recommendation. You will also need to upload or submit financial documentation to verify that you can afford to live in the U.S. for the additional time you are requesting.
Changing your program
As an international student, you were admitted to the U.S. to work toward a specific educational or professional objective. If you change your objective, you must comply with the standard procedures to remain in status. If any of the following things change, you will need a new I-20/DS-2019:
- Degree program (school/department)
- Degree level (bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D., other)
- Funding source or amount
If changing your program means you will need more time to complete the program, you must follow the requirements for program extension above.
Completing your program
Completion of studies occurs when you have finished your academic program or your I-20/DS-2019 expires, whichever happens first. After completing your studies at MU, you have the following options:
If you are not sure which option is best for you, meet with an international student adviser to discuss your situation.