F-1 students cannot maintain legal status if their I-20 form expires (see maintaining status). It is your responsibility to be familiar with the information on your I-20, including the expiration date. If your I-20 will expire before the date when you expect to complete your program of study, then you should apply for an extension. Please keep in mind that your I-20 can only be extended before it expires. Please review our complete Extension of F-1 Program Policy prior to applying for an extension.
How can I apply for an I-20 Extension? You will need the following:
The amount of financial support you need in order to receive an I-20 extension is subject to increase every year. Make sure you review our estimated costs of attendance to figure out how much you will need. Feel free to contact ISSS should you have any questions.
IMPORTANT!!!! Please note that submitting the form and financial documents does not guarantee that the extension will be granted. There must be compelling academic or medical reasons in order to be eligible for an extension—poor academic performance is not a compelling academic reason.
An ISSS advisor will review your application and discuss with you their decision.
If you are not eligible for an extension you will unfortunately not be able to continue your F-1 status at Georgia State University. If that is the case, an advisor in ISSS will meet with you to discuss your options.