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J-1 Program Length

Individuals in J-1 status may be eligible to extend their program end date (the expiration date in Section 3 of Form DS-2019. This date must always be in the future while in the U.S. in a J-1 program.

Extremely importantly, an application for program extension should be made with the ISO at least 30 days before the DS-2019 expires. Program extensions are not granted after the DS-2019 expires.

Scholars should contact their department to initiate a program extension with the ISO.

Students wishing to apply for a program extension must bring the following to the ISO during office hours:

  1. Academic Advisor Recommendation Form completed by your academic advisor
  2. DS-2019 Request Form completed by you.
  3. Proof of funding
  4. Proof of valid health insurance
  5. Passport

If you will be completing your program before the expiration date on Form DS-2019, please contact the ISO to obtain a new Form DS-2019 documenting your shortened program.