What is Completion Date?The completion date of your academic program is not necessarily the same date as that listed on #5 of the Form I-20 or #3 on the Form DS-2019. Your completion date is determined as the date that you complete your degree requirements. It is not determined as the date that you submit your degree clearance form or the school's graduation date / commencement date or the degree conferral date. Students are not to be intentionally delaying their completion to suit an immigration related need. Be aware that USCIS sets critical deadlines around the actual degree completion date as per above-mentioned description. Any student wishing to work post completion of their academic program should contact our office prior to the completion of their degree requirements to allow for the appropriate processing time of any necessary work application.