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Program Extensions

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


Check your I-20 or DS-2019 every semester. If you do not plan to graduate, but your I-20/DS-2019 end date is occurring at the end of the semester, you need to extend your immigration document by submitting the Program Extension. Please complete the form and return it to the Student Academic Success Center, Suite 230 of the Student Success Building (or email the completed form to International Student Support). 

If you have questions, make an appointment to speak with the International Student Support Coordinator. 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:

  1. Program Extension application that demonstrates an academic reason for extending your program. You and your academic advisor must both complete this form.
  2. An unofficial transcript from your student account.

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