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J-1 Scholar Extensions

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Program Extensions within the maximum period of participation

An Exchange Visitor in J-1 scholar status who is maintaining J-1 program status and will not exceed any regulatory limits for the category may be eligible to continue in the same exchange visitor program.

Qualifications for J-1 Scholar Program Extensions

  • You are currently maintaining valid J-1 status
  • You have not exceeded the maximum duration of your J category
  • You have not applied for and received a waiver of the 2-year home residency rule (212.e)
  • You will continue the program objective noted on your DS_2019 - and - 
  • You will have sufficient support for the extension period

How to apply for a J-1 Scholar Extension

  1. Complete the 'J-1 Scholar Extension' form and have this signed by your department or faculty sponsor
  2. Submit the supporting financial documentation for the extension period
  3. Submit proof of insurance for the extension period

Important Note - any extension requests must be submitted prior to your current end date noted on your DS-2019

ISSS will review your eligibility and if approved will notify you by email to pick-up your updated I-20/DS-2019