Changing or Adding an Academic Program
Students with an F-1 or J-1 visa who want to make changes to their degree programs must meet with a student advisor at Bechtel and request a new I-20 or DS-2019 in Bechtel Connect. This applies to students who are:
- Changing degree levels
- Changing departments
- Adding a new degree program
- Adding a co-term program
This is not an automatic process. Students must request a new I-20 or DS-2019
How to Request a New I-20/DS-2019
To request a new I-20 or DS-2019 reflecting changes in degree level, department, or degree program, submit a completed I-20 or DS-2019 request online in Bechtel Connect along with required proof of funding at least two weeks before the new program begins.
- If you are planning to start a new degree program after completing the degree program currently noted on your document please submit a New Degree Level request in Bechtel Connect at least two weeks before completing your current program.
- If you are planning to start a new degree program after discontinuing the degree program currently noted on your document, submit a Program Information Update request in Bechtel Connect at least two weeks before discontinuing your current program.
- Speak with your advisor/department for approval.
- Submit your Change of Degree Level (F-1 or J-1) request through Bechtel Connect.
- You must include documentation showing proof of funding for your new/changed program. See F or J Visa Financial Budgets for funding amounts and Proof of Funding for documentation requirements. Your request will first be routed to your academic advisor for approval.
- Once submitted, let your advisor know that your request is awaiting their online approval.
- After your advisor approves your request, return to Bechtel Connect, click Check Requests / Continue My Requests in Progress and submit the Change of Degree Level (F-1 or J-1) online request form. Your request is automatically forwarded to Bechtel.
Bechtel’s processing time for the request is one to two weeks.
If you are interested in doing Optional Practical Training (OPT) based on your undergraduate program, you should not apply for a new I-20 for your new education level until after your OPT at the undergraduate level has been completed. Once you are issued a new I-20 for a new degree level, you are no longer eligible to participate in OPT based on your undergraduate program. If you do engage in OPT based on your undergraduate degree, you will need to request a new graduate-level I-20 two weeks before the completion of your OPT.