Completing your program, employment or activity

There are a few dates and milestones that will determine your official program completion date for immigration record keeping. It’s important to be aware of your official program completion date so you can maintain your status.

Document Changes

If you are at BU under our F-1 or J-1 sponsorship and will be ending your program or employment/ activity prior to the end date listed on your current immigration document, the ISSO will issue you an amended I-20 or DS-2019 document reflecting your actual program completion date. Please be aware that many post-graduation benefits (such as applying for employment authorization or for program transfer) must occur within the grace period following your true program end date.

Beginning a New Program at BU


If you’re planning to begin a new degree program at BU, you must have a new I-20 or DS-2019 issued for the new program before the end of your grace period. To get your new document, you must:

  • Be admitted to the new program, or be approved for appropriate post completion employment.
  • Provide new financial certification to the relevant admissions office.
  • Remember that the new I-20 or DS-2019 must be created no later than the end of your grace period.

For more information on beginning a new program, please visit Changing to a New Program at BU.


If you’re planning to begin a new academic appointment or employment at BU, please contact your ISSO advisor.