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for attorney JUDITH my school wants to make me a new I-20.

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my school wants to make me a new I-20. If I tell them a duration of 2 years, then I can transfer even after a month ? Won't the DSO stop the transfer ?
What is the maximum duration for a I-20 ?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Judith replied 11 months ago.

Hello,my name is Judith. Thank you for this opportunity to answer your questions.

The maximum duration for an I-20 is a reasonable period in which to complete the program of study.

It may be that for a language school 2 years is a bit excessive.

If you are transferring to a new program of study such as the engineering which your school does not offer, I cannot see how they can refuse to release the SEVIS. You could file a complaint with the SEVP and they could loose their ability to enroll F1 students.

Since their student population is primarily international, that would be very damaging.

Judith

Customer: replied 11 months ago.

so I can ask an I-20 of 3 months.


And then transfer to another language school after 1 month.


 


Is that plausible ?


The reason I want to transfer is the schedule of the old school

Expert:  Judith replied 11 months ago.

Yes, that is plausible.

 

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.

Finally:


so I can ask an I-20 of 12 months.


 


And then transfer to another language school after 1 month. Or 6 weeks.


 


 


Is that plausible ?


The DSO from first school has no right to force me to stay. Is that correct ?

Expert:  Judith replied 11 months ago.

Correct.

Like I said earlier, if the school DSO refuses to release you for transfer you can report them to SEVP.

 

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