An extension of stay may be requested if the Exchange Visitor needs more time to complete his/her research activity or studies. Academic departments are responsible for submitting the DS-2019 Extension Application to the DGSOM Visa and Licensing Office at least 3 weeks prior to end date listed on the scholar's DS-2019.

Important notes:

  • The extension cannot go beyond the maximum period duration for the designated J-1 category.
  • J-2 DS-2019s attached to a J-1 record are always automatically extended with the J-1 DS-2019. A separate request is not required.
  • The DGSOM Visa and Licensing Office cannot extend a DS-2019 if an EV’s 212e waiver application is approved by the Department of State or USCIS.
  • The processing time for DS-2019 Extension Applications is 10 business days.