US student visa extension

A US student visa extension is a process of extending the validity of an F-1 student visa. F-1 visas are issued to international students who are enrolled in a full-time program of study at a SEVP-certified institution in the United States.

Eligibility Criteria for US student visa extension

To be eligible for a US student visa extension, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be currently enrolled in a full-time program of study at a SEVP-certified institution in the United States.
  • You must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress.
  • You must have a valid passport.
  • You must have a valid Form I-20 from your school.

Why might you need a US student visa extension?

There are a number of reasons why you might need a US student visa extension, including:

  • You have not yet completed your program of study.
  • You need to take additional courses to complete your program of study.
  • You need to complete an internship or research project.
  • You have a medical condition that has prevented you from completing your program of study on time.

How to apply for a US student visa extension

To apply for a US student visa extension, you must submit the following documents to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):

  • Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.
  • A copy of your passport.
  • A copy of your current Form I-20.
  • A letter from your school’s Designated School Official (DSO) supporting your request for an extension.
  • Evidence that you have sufficient financial support to cover your expenses during the extended period of stay.
  • Filing fee.

You can mail your application to the USCIS or submit it online. If you submit your application online, you will need to create a USCIS account and pay the filing fee with a credit or debit card.

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