Program Extension

If you will not finish your program by the end date on your DS-2019, you must request a program extension before your end date.  Processing time is 7 business days. Your DS-2019 must be extended before the expiration date or you will be out of status.

To apply for a program extension submit the following documents to the Office of Global Initiatives (OGI):

  1. Extension Form. Your academic advisor must provide an explanation of a compelling academic or medical reason for the delay in completion and your new expected completion date.  OGI cannot extend your DS-2019 in order to facilitate employment.
  2. Financial documentation showing enough funding to cover all your expenses (and your dependents) for the additional time needed. Your DS-2019 can be extended up to a year at a time. Each subsequent extension will require more detailed documentation. 
  3. J-1 students will also have to show proof of health insurance that meets the Department of State requirements for themselves and their dependents.