Extending Your Stay
Extending Your Stay
If you are not able to finish your program by the end date noted on your I-20 or DS-2019, you can request an extension of your program.
The length of time allowed for an extension is based on the recommendation of your academic adviser. J-1 students on Fullbright or similar sponsorship, should talk to their sponsoring agency advisor about eligibility and procedures to extend the DS-2019.
How to Apply
- Your academic advisor submits the Program Extension Form, indicating the new term in which you will graduate, to firstname.lastname@example.org
- After the application is processed, the ISS advisor will email you the updated I-20 or you will be notified by email that the updated DS-2019 is available for pick-up in our office.
J-1 scholars must request an extension of their DS-2019 prior to the current DS-2019 program end date. Extensions must be supported by the RIT host department, and are subject to J-1 category time limits. The Research Scholar and Professor categories of J-1 status allow a maximum of 5 years of participation, and the Short-Term Scholar category allows a maximum of 6 months.
To request an extension of a J-1 Research Scholar, Professor, or Short-Term Scholar DS-2019, please email email@example.com with the following:
- Copy of new RIT reappointment or invitation extension letter
- If the letter above does not include funding information, please provide additional financial documentation
- If you are subject to 212(e) (the two-year home residency rule), please confirm in your email that you have not submitted an application for a waiver of this rule
- Confirm in your email that you will continue to maintain your health insurance per J-1 regulations (see part f on page 2 of your DS-2019 for details)
- Confirm in your email your current US residential and contact information
An ISS advisor will process your DS-2019 extension and will email you when the updated DS-2019 is available for pick-up in the ISS office.