The Catholic University of America

Changing Educational Level of Study at CUA

Upon completion of one degree program, you may decide to pursue another, higher degree here at CUA. Examples of this are the following:

  • you are admitted from Intensive English to an undergraduate degree program
  • you are admitted from an undergraduate degree program to a graduate degree program
  • you are admitted from one graduate program to another graduate program (eg. Master's to Doctorate)

In all of these cases a new I-20 or DS-2019 should be issued for the duration of that program (always keep in mind that your I-20 or DS-2019 must accuratley reflect your situation here at CUA). In order for the new I-20 or DS-2019 to be issued you will need to bring the following to ISSS:

  1. A copy of your admission letter to the new degree program
  2. Updated financial documentation showing that you have the resources to fund your new course of study

There is a deadline by which this must be done, please see the below chart. It is recommended that you consult your international student advisor as early in the process as possible.

Immigration Status

Deadline for obtaining new I-20 or DS2019


30 days after completing program or end of Academic Training


60 days after completion of program or end of Optional Practical Training

The SEVIS program will automatically change your status from "active" to "inactive" once these deadlines have passed. Should you desire to continue your studies, you will need to apply for reinstatement.