I am currently on a valid F-1 visa (expires May 2022) and valid i-20 (expires May 25, 2018). I am planning to apply for passport renewal to CKGS on May 22, 2018 as I turn 18.
However, will my i-20 expiry date be a problem or will it still be considered valid?
Also, because I will have a grace period of 6 months beyond expiry, I am transitioning into a University that has already accepted me.
CKGS does have an option of proving your status if it is pending with USCIS.
In you case, by the time your application reaches CJGS, you I-20 would have expired or would be expiring. Hence, I recommend talking/emailing CKGS to check if they can accept F1-Visa.
Normally, they do not accept the visa stamp as valid proof.
On the other hand, when does your current passport expire? If it still has about 6 months validity left, i would suggest to first get your new I-20 and then apply for passport to make the process easy.
Thank you for your response. My passport has already expired, but because I was a minor at that time, they said I could apply for a renewal once I am an adult.
I also did email them regarding my concern, and they said that they can only help me once I fill out the online application.
This is really crazy answer from CKGS.
I have myself asked them questions several times without creating an application (or paying them fees) and they have responded back with answers.
As far as I know, the I-20 should have a valid date at the time of application and if is has expired or expiring, then a proof should be there to prove that your extension is pending with USCIS.
I am not sure what proof you can show other than what CKGS can suggest.
I checked CKGS website and could not find any substitute either.
Can you call them and explain your situation and see what they reply?
The problem is that I am not applying for an extension since I am transferring to a university that has offered me admission.
Plus, I also get the 60-day grace period after my i-20 expires.
Do you think CKGS can consider that and let me renew my passport? If not, what else am I supposed to do?
I am not sure if they will consider it in the absence of paper based proof.
I have never encountered this kind of scenario before. It is best that you consult CKGS as they have to process your application.