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Extension of Stay

A department may request an extension of stay for a J-1 scholar when the original program duration is not sufficient to complete the program objectives outlined on the DS-2019. The duration of the extension is limited by the maximum duration of the J-1 category the scholar currently holds.

Research Scholars and Professors

Research scholars and professors may participate in a J-1 program for up to five years. Extensions of stay may be authorized as needed to grant additional time in the program up to the five-year limit.

Short-Term Scholars and Specialists

Short-term scholars may participate in a J-1 program for up to six months. Specialists may participate in a J-1 program for up to one year. Extensions of stay may be authorized as needed to grant additional time in the program up to the six-month or one-year limit respectively.

Requesting an Extension

To request an extension, the department must submit the following documents to Laura Buhs in International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at least 60 days before the current program end date indicated on the DS-2019:

  • J-1 Request Form
  • Health Insurance Attestation Form
  • Original documentation of the funds to support the visitor, expressed in U.S. dollars, if the sponsor is an organization other than DU. If personal funds are shown, a bank statement including the current account balance must be provided with a currency conversion to U.S. dollars.

Extensions may be requested earlier under certain circumstances, such as when a J-2 dependent intends to apply for employment authorization, which can take several months to process. Extensions cannot be processed after the current program end date has passed.