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J-1 student regulations require you to be full-time every semester and to make academic progress toward your degree, so it’s unusual to need more time. However, there may be extraordinary circumstances. The student must contact their J-1 program sponsor and their academic advisor if an extension request is necessary.
The student must firstly consult with their program sponsor to explain why an extension request is needed
The student must meet with his/her Academic Advisor to lay out his/her program of study
Apply to the ISSC to obtain a DS-2019. We will issue the DS-2019 within 7-10 working days of a complete application.
Students must provide the following documents to the ISSC for review:
1. A letter from your Academic Advisor stating academic justification(s) why you need more time to complete your degree.
Students must choose the closest approximate completion date based on a realistic time frame
Refrain from the use of “graduation date” in the letter if not applicable
Letter must be typed on department letterhead with the advisor’s signature
Letter will be reviewed for the required information indicated above.
Student Timeline of Completion (for graduate students only). You may request this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The letter must include, but is not limited to:
2. Valid financial guarantee.
3. Proof of dependent health insurance, if applicable.
4. Photocopy of passport valid at least six months into the future.
5. Photocopy of most current I-94.
Within 7-10 working days of receiving a completed application, we will contact the student via e-mail when the student's DS-2019 package is ready for pick up. We will also send you a copy of the student's DS-2019 via campus mail.