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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:

  • The scholar will not exceed the time limits for their J-1 category
  • The academic host/department agrees to the extension
  • The scholar has not been recommended for or granted a waiver of the Two year Home Residency Requirement for this J-1 program
  • The scholar has not violated the terms of their J-1 status
  • The extension must be approved prior to the expiration of the scholar's current program (as listed on their DS-2019 immigration document).
  • Updated funding and health insurance may need to be submitted.
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.