What is the purpose of the deferment I-20?
Applications Pending After the Start of the Trimester: New I-20 Required (for change of status to F-1)
If your Change of Status to F-1 application is still pending after the program start date printed on your I-20, ISO must issue you a new I-20 with a deferred program start date. If the student failed to defer by a certain deadline within the term, their F-1 record will automatically cancelled in the SEVIS database. ISO cannot “activate” the F-1 SEVIS record until USCIS approves your F-1 status application.
Accordingly, ISO must “defer” the F-1 SEVIS record program start date to the next available trimester in order to preserve the “initial” electronic F-1 SEVIS record. (8 CFR 214.3(g)(iii)(C)) ISO will issue a new I-20 with the deferred program start date. You do NOT submit this new I-20 to the USCIS; If you are registered for classes this term, you may continue to enroll and attend the classes.
What is the consequence of failing to defer the I-20?
When an F-1 approval has not been received by the trimester start date, it will jeopardize your change of status process due to a lapse in the program date. The best time to discuss the I-20 deferment option is during the registration period. During that time, you will be able to make changes to your course schedule in relation to your pending F-1 status.
Can I defer my I-20 for a Second Consecutive Time?
Yes, you may and we may need an additional documents from you. The financial portion of the I-20 must be updated since your previous financial information has exceeded the 6 months validity period. Please have another bank statement ready to accompany your deferment request.
Deadlines: Please submit this form within 30 days of the program start date listed on your I-20.