J-1 students are required to have a valid DS-2019 in their possession at all times. If you require more time to complete the requirements for your degree due to academic or medical reasons, then you may apply for an extension of your DS-2019. Failure to extend your DS-2019 by the expiration date may result in a loss of valid J-1 status. You can locate your DS-2019 expiration date in Section 3 of your DS-2019. The OIS recommends starting the extension process at least 4 weeks before the expiration of your DS-2019.
Please send the following documents to the OIS to complete the extension of your J-1 status:
- The J-1 Student Extension Request Form (pdf), completed by your Academic Advisor.
- Financial documentation showing sufficient funds for the period of extension. A detailed cost of attendance can be found here. If your have J-2 dependents, please show an additional $5,000 per dependent.
Once the OIS has received these items, we will review your case to determine whether or not you meet the lawful eligibility requirements for an extension of your Form I-20. If eligible, the OIS will issue you a new, extended I-20 with a new program completion or expiration date. It will take the OIS approximately 10 business days to process extension requests.
If you have any questions about the J-1 extension process, please contact the OIS.