Extension of Stay

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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.

The Office of International Programs (OIP) is responsible for all international students and scholars once they arrive at Sam Houston State University. We are glad to assist each department here at SHSU in bringing international students, visiting scholars/researchers and international faculty members to our campus.    

International students and scholars that have questions regarding their time here at SHSU can always visit us in OIP. We are located in the Farrington Building, room 116.  You can send us an email at oip@shsu.edu or call us at (936) 294-4737.   

OIP provides information on most immigration issues and concerns for all international students and scholars here at SHSU.  We are glad to help with other issues such as cultural adjustment, language barrier, financial problems, and health related matters during your time at SHSU.  OIP offer several events during the year for all international students and scholars at SHSU. 


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Contact Information
Justin Ball Justin Ball
Interim Director of International Programs
jball@shsu.edu 936.294.4607 F116 D
dana Dana Van De Walker
Recruiter and Special Programs Coordinator
d.vandewalker@shsu.edu 936.294.2746 F116 A
Ricardo Professional Picture Ricardo Williams
International Student Advisor
rlw062@shsu.edu 936.294.3892 F116 F