Deferring to Future Semester

If you can no longer attend UALR in the semester on your I-20 or DS-2019,  you can defer your admission and  your I-20 or DS-2019 (see below) and enter in a future semester. If you were previously issued a visa, you can use this visa for a later date, as long as it does not exceed 5 months from the visa issue date.

If your visa was denied and there is time before your program start date, you can schedule another interview and present better documentation and information for a hopefully successful result. If you do not have time before the program start date, you should request a deferral of your admission and your I-20 or DS-2019. If you keep the same SEVIS number you are not required to pay a new SEVIS fee.

Requesting a Deferral

Defer your Admission

  • Contact your admission counselor with a written request for your admission to be deferred to the following semester. Once approved, you will receive a new admission letter with new program start dates
  • Submit updated documentation of financial support dated within the pas 6 months.

Defer your I-20 or DS-2019

  • Once you have been granted admission to the new semester, an international advisor will defer your I-20 or DS-2019.
  • You must request your deferral within  21 days after the program start date. If your deferral is handled in a timely manner, you will not be required to pay a new SEVIS fee or submit further documentation.