Extension of Stay Procedures
Employment is generally not a valid reason for extension of stay.
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PROGRAM EXTENSION REGULATIONS
FOR STUDENTS IN J-1 STATUS
The US Department of State (DOS) requires that you finish your program
of study by the completion date on your DS-2019. If you will not
graduate by that date, you must come into the Office of International
Student & Scholar Services and apply for a program extension at least 30 days before the DS-2019 will expire
There is no fee to apply for a program extension, and no "waiting
period" to hear from the Department of State once the necessary
paperwork is submitted. The Office of International Student &
Scholar Services will approve all program extension requests allowable
by the Department of State regulations, and notify DOS of your new
In order to obtain a program extension, you must show that you have
continually maintained status and that the extension is needed for
compelling academic or medical reasons, such as a change of major or
research topic, unexpected research problems, or a documented illness.
Delays in completing your program caused by academic probation or
suspension are not acceptable reasons for program extension approval.
Extension of stay can be granted for documented academic or medical
reasons. Employment is generally not a valid reason for extension
unless the internship or academic training is necessary to complete
degree requirements. Issues created by the limited number of H-1B visas
are also not reasons allowed for extension.
If your completion of studies date has expired or you do not meet the
eligibility requirements to apply for a program extension, it will be
necessary to file for reinstatement to J-1 status, for which the DOS
will charge a fee. In addition, failure to apply for an extension of
stay in a timely manner is a violation of J-1 regulations, which, under
recent changes to immigration laws, can carry heavy penalties.
The following items are needed to process a program extension application:
- Academic Advisor's Recommendation Form (to be completed by the appropriate faculty member in your department)
- proof of financial support
Once your program extension application is complete, the Office of
International Student & Scholar Services will prepare a SEVIS
DS-2019 showing your new completion date, and notify DOS of the change.
Be sure to keep this new DS-2019 and all previous DS-2019 forms you
have been issued. They must be submitted on request to an immigration
officer when you travel outside the U.S., or to the Office of
International Student & Scholar Services when applying for any
benefits for which J-1 students are eligible.