If you cannot complete your program of study by the end date on your DS-2019 due to compelling academic or medical reasons, you must apply for an extension of stay before your current DS-2019 expires.
J-1 students are expected to complete all degree requirements by the Program End Date on their DS-2019. If you will not complete your academic program by the Program End Date (section 3) on your current DS-2019 due to compelling academic or medical reasons, you must file for an Extension of Stay and receive a new DS-2019 with a new Program End Date. You must apply for and receive your new DS-2019 before your current DS-2019 expires. If approved for an Extension of Stay, you will be permitted to remain in the U.S. to complete your degree requirements.
To be eligible for an extension of stay, you must show that:
The following are not valid reasons for a DS-2019 Extension:
If you have completed all degree requirements, you are not eligible for a DS-2019 Extension of Stay.
We recommend that you submit your application to ISS at least 30–90 days before the Program End Date on your current DS-2019. The earliest you can apply is one semester before the Program End Date on your current DS-2019.
The maximum length of Extension is 1 year. If more than one year is needed to complete degree requirements, you will need to apply for another Extension in the future.
Your extension request must be submitted and approved by ISS before the Program End Date (section 3) on your current DS-2019. If you apply for an Extension of Stay after the Program End Date on your current DS-2019, your application will be denied. Failure to file a timely application will therefore result in violation of J-1 Status.
We cannot guarantee that your information will be entered into the SEVIS system before your Program End Date unless you submit your documents to us at least 10 business days prior to your current DS-2019 Program End Date.
To apply for an Extension of Stay, you will need the following documentation:
To apply for a DS-2019 Extension of Stay, follow the directions below. We recommend that you submit your application at least 10 business days before your DS-2019 Program End Date.
Please keep your new DS-2019 and all of your previous DS-2019’s. Do not throw away your old DS-2019's as they are an important piece of your immigration history!
You should carry all of your DS-2019’s when traveling because you may be required to present them as proof of your immigration history.
If you apply for a waiver of the Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement (INA 212e), and your waiver is recommended in writing by the U.S. Department of State (“No Objection Statement”) or you receive Form I-612 from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you are no longer eligible for any J-1 benefits (DS-2019 Extension, Academic Training, SEVIS Transfer, etc.). Therefore, please consult with ISS, Talbert Hall 210, North Campus before applying for the waiver. Since 212(e) waiver applications can be complex, we also recommend that you seek assistance from an experienced immigration attorney.