The completion date of your academic program is not necessarily the same date as that listed under Program End Date on the Form I-20 or 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 Declaration of Intent to Graduate-DIG form or the school's graduation date /commencement date or the degree conferral date.
If a student misses the DIG deadline, they will be added to the following degree conferral roster, but it will not extend their official immigration completion date.
Students are not to intentionally delay 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 ISSO during advising hours
, prior to the completion of their degree requirements to allow for the appropriate processing time of any necessary work application.
Completion date for Thesis/Dissertation students refers to when student has finished all post-defense revisions, which is normally from 2-4 weeks beyond the defense date. Only their Thesis/Dissertation adviser can estimate their post completion date within the 2-4 week range.