This page outlines the procedures to follow if you need to extend your permission to stay at Georgia State University to accomplish your original program objective as a J-1 exchange visitor.
J-1 Status Expiration Date
If your I-94 Departure Record card is marked "J-1 D/S", your J-1 status in the United States expires on the program end date shown in item #3 of your Form DS-2019.
If your I-94 Departure Record card is marked with a specific date, your J-1 status in the United States expires on that date.
Your J-1 Responsible Officer
To extend your permission to stay in the United States, you must first obtain a new/extension Form DS-2019 from your J-1 Responsible Officer, who will need proof of your eligibility for extension before issuing the form.
If your J-1 sponsor is Georgia State University, your Responsible Officer is the Scholar Advisor in the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) office at Georgia State University.
If your J-1 sponsor is another agency, and if you are uncertain how to reach your Responsible Officer, Georgia State's scholar advisor can help you find out.
Eligibility for Extension
You are eligible to apply for an extension of stay if:
Extension Application Procedures
At least two weeks before the end date on your current Form DS-2019, submit the following documents to the Scholar Advisor in ISSS.
Your GSU hosting department must complete this form and submit supporting documents listed below. All items must be completed and the appropriate signatures obtained.
2. Letter from J-1 scholar
The J-1 scholar must write a letter requesting the extension. The letter must explain the spefici research-related reasons why an extension is needed in order to complete the original program objective.
3. Letter from GSU host department
The GSU host department must write a letter supporting the extension request. The letter must be on university letterhead and include the following information:
4. Proof of funding
Evidence of sufficient funding for the J-1 scholar and all J-2 dependents must be provided.
Funding documentation must be original hard copy. (Photocopies (black and white or color), faxes, scanned, e-mailed, or digital copies cannot be accepted.) Documentation must also be in English, not older than one year, on the official letterhead of the funding organization, and specify the amount of liquid funds available in U.S. dollars. Documentation of monthly salary must confirm that the salary will continue to be paid for the period of extension.
If Georgia State University will provide funding, state the total amount provided for the extension period in the GSU support letter described above.
The required minimum monthly funding amounts are:
- J-1 scholar: $1513 per month for the amount of time requested in the extension
- J-2 spouse: $500 per month for the amount of time requested in the J-1's extension
- J-2 child (under age 21): $300 per month for the amount of time requested in the J-1's extension
5. Proof of Health Insurance
The J-1 scholar must provide documentation showing proof of current health insurance coverage for him/herself and all accompanying J-2 dependents that meets all of the following requirements, as mandated by U.S. law:
6. J-1 Insurance Compliance Statement (click here for form)
The J-1 scholar must complete and sign this form.
After approving your documents, your J-1 responsible officer will, within five (5) business days, issue you a new Form DS-2019 extending your stay. If your I-94 card has been marked with a "D/S," then the extension is complete. If your I-94 card is marked with a specific end date rather than "D/S", contact the Scholar Advisor in ISSS immediately; you may need to travel outside the United States in order to complete your extension.
Caution! Extension of your permission to stay is your responsibility. If you stay beyond your authorized end date, you will be illegally present in the United States. Make certain that you apply well in advance if you need to extend your stay.