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Actions that Impact the Form DS-2019

Requesting Program Extension

Steps for Program Extension WITHIN the Duration of Participation Limits:

  • J-1 visitor must have been maintaining program status
  • Extension cannot exceed the limit (1 year) for the secondary-student category.
  • Submit updated financial documentation with the application.

Steps for Program Extension BEYOND the Maximum Duration of Participation:

  • J-1 visitor must have been maintaining his/her program status.
  • J-1 visitor must complete and submit to the Center for Global Engagement the APPLICATION FOR J-1 PROGRAM EXTENSION (beyond the Maximum Duration of Participation) ONE month prior to the program end date on the DS-2019.
  • Submit with the extensions application a processing fee of $246.00 payable to the “U.S. Department of State” in the form of a personal check, cashier’s check or money order drawn on a bank of financial institution in the United States.
  • Submit with the application clear and convincing documentation supporting the extension request. The DOS will be looking for unforeseen circumstances, and compelling reasons.
  • Submit updated financial documentation with the application.
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