F-1: Change of Program, Degree Level, or Funding

 The Form I-20 indicates your:

  • Degree level (Bachelor's, Master's, PhD, other)
  • Degree program (major)
  • Funding source and amount

Changes to any information in those areas require a new Form I-20 be prepared by ISS.

 

Change of Funding

It is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requirement that you must update your I-20 when your source of funding changes. If your funding has changed, you must inform ISS by submitting a Financial Update e-form. You will be required to upload evidence of your new funding. ISS will produce a new I-20 for you reflecting the new funding.

Examples of when to update your funding:

  • You now have a graduate assistantship or fellowship from Purdue, but your I-20 shows that you are currently funded by Family Funds. 
  • Your I-20 shows that you are funded by your home government. The funding from your home government has stopped and you are now funded by your family.
  • You now have a scholarship that will pay for part of your college expenses, but your I-20 shows that you are currently funded by your own funds. 

Note: Do not update your funding for CPT employment or on-campus employment (unless you receive tuition remission).

Requirements for Financial Documents

  • The document must be in English or must be accompanied by an official English translation. 
  • The document is not required to be in US Dollars, but it must state the currency type.
  • The funds in the account must be considered "liquid" funds which are immediately accessible (for example, checking or savings account).  (Tax returns, real estate, evidence of historic income and/or or a commitment to future income is not acceptable.)
  • The document must contain a date, and the date may not be more than one year old from the date we receive it.
  • The document must not say "for admission purposes only".
  • If the document is an offer from Purdue University for an assistantship, scholarship, or fellowship, the document must:
    • Clearly define the terms of the of the financial commitment
    • Be on Purdue letterhead
    • Contain the signature of the Purdue official who extended the offer

 

 

Change of Program

ISS is informed once each semester when students changes major and we will automatically produce an updated I-20 for those students. If you have not received an updated I-20 by the middle of the semester after which you have changed majors, please contact ISS.

 

 

Change of Education Level

Request a new I-20 for a change of education level by following this process: 

  1. Student completes top portion of the Change of Education Level Request Form then submits to their academic advisor or major professor to complete the bottom portion of request form 

Bring the following documents with you to drop off your request at ISS:  

  • Passport, visa and I-94 card
  • Current I-20
  • Completed Change of Education Level Request form
  • Admission letter for the new education level from the department
  • Original funding document (If funded by a Purdue assistantship, the offer letter from your department’s business office is sufficient. It must state your monthly stipend, 10 or 12 month appointment, and how long the department will be funding you).


You will be notified via email when the new immigration document is ready to pick up from the ISS front desk. Be sure to discuss any international travel plans when you visit ISS. You must submit all documents listed above at least 10 business days prior to the end of your 60-day grace period, even if the I-20 has a future end date.

NOTE: Graduate School approval is required for a change of educational level I-20. The new I-20 must be issued prior to the start date of the new educational level, and no later than 60 days past the completion of the lower education level. Failure to submit required documents in a timely manner can adversely affect a student's legal status in the United States.

If you have questions regarding the change of education level process, feel free to contact ISS at 765-494-5770 or iss@purdue.edu.

 

 

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