Changing your program level at UC San Diego

If you have been accepted into a higher program level (ie: bachelor's to master's or masters to Ph.D.) you must apply for a program level change I-20 or DS-2019 no later than 10 days before the end of your 60 day grace period of your previous program. F-1 students: If you are currently on OPT, you must apply before the completion of your period of employment authorization. Note that your OPT will be completed at the expiration of your OPT or once the program level change I-20 is registered in SEVIS (the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System), whichever is earlier.  SEVIS registration is generally completed up to two weeks prior to the start of the new program. 

Failure to request the program level change on your I-20 or DS-2019 in a timely manner may cause immigration issues, so please act accordingly. 

Application Requirements

F-1 Students

  • I-20 Request Form
  • Copy of UCSD Admission or Petition Letter showing acceptance to higher program level
  • Proof of financial support (such as a bank statement or department support letter)

J-1 Students

  • DS-2019 Request Form
  • Copy of UCSD Admission or Petition Letter showing acceptance to higher program level
  • Proof of financial support (such as a bank statement or department support letter) for the duration of your extension

Approval of Program Extension

Our current processing time for the Change of Level I-20 is 10 business days.

Once your request is approved, you will receive a new I-20 (F-1 students) or DS-2019 (J-1 students) reflecting the program level change and new program start and end dates.Please review your documents to make sure that all the information is valid and up-to-date.