Extension of Stay

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Extension of Stay

J scholars who are maintaining lawful J-1 exchange visitor status are eligible to apply for an extension within the limits of their category.

For example, the limit for a Short Term Scholar is 6 months. The limit for Research Scholars and Visiting Professors is 5 years.


Be sure to allow sufficient time for processing of your request. Extensions MUST be approved prior to the ending date on your current DS-2019. The Office of International Programs will not guarantee last minute requests.

Steps You Must Take:

  1. Meet with the contact person in your host department. They will complete an J-1 Request Form and return it to The Office of International Programs based on the new information you and your sponsor provide. If you are eligible, The Office of International Programs will issue a new DS-2019 with the amended date and return it to you.
  2. Provide evidence of funding for the extension period to your department contact person.
  3. Provide evidence of insurance coverage for you and any J-2 dependents is also required for the new extension period.


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Contact Information

Barbara Eckenfels

Executive Director of International Programs

eckenfels@shsu.edu 936.294.4455 F116B
Dana Van De Walker
Recruiter and Special Programs Coordinator
 d.vandewalker@shsu.edu   936.294.2746  F116 D
Justin Ball
International Graduate Advisor
 grad.intl@shsu.edu   936.294.4607  F116 c

Pat Herrington

International Undergraduate Advisor

ugrad.intl@shsu.edu  936.294.3892 F116F

Office of International Programs
Farrington Building, Suite 116, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-4737

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