Program Shorten


An F-1 student is admitted to the United States for "duration of status" (D/S) to complete an educational program; however, the student must actually complete his or her program on or before the program end date listed on the I-20. If the student plans to graduate early, he or she should inform the ISSS Office so that a Designated School Official can shorten his or her program in the SEVIS database. This should be done before the student graduates. Eligibility:
  • There are no specific eligibility requirements except that the student make the request with the Designated School Official.


  1. The student should submit a request for a record update to shorten his or her program to the DSO.
  2. The DSO updates the student’s SEVIS record with the new program end date.
  3. The DSO prints a new I-20 with the new program end date and give it to the student.