Extending Your DS-2019

Per U.S. immigration law, a scholar in J-1 status may request an extension of his/her DS-2019 (and period of authorized stay) provided that all the following conditions apply:

  • s/he will not exceed the time limits for his/her category
  • the academic host/department agrees to the extension
  • s/he has not been recommended for or granted a waiver of the Two year Home Residency Requirement for this J-1 program
  • s/he has not violated the terms of his/her J-1 status
Requesting a J-1 Scholar DS-2019 Extension
  • Login to iStart using your W&M ID and Password.
  • Click on J-1 Scholar Services in the menu on the left side. Then, click on J-1 Scholar Extension Request and complete the form.
  • Your host department will be contacted after you have completed the form to review and verify the request.
  • Once your extension is approved you will receive an email with instructions on collecting the updated DS-2019. 

The DS-2019s of any J-2s will be automatically extended with the extension of the J-1.