Depending on your J-1 category, there’s a maximum amount of time you can stay in the U.S. as a J-1:
- Short-term Scholar: 6 months
- Professor and Research Scholar: 5 years
- Student Intern: 12 months or before your graduation date, whichever is earlier
If you’d like to extend the program dates on your DS-2019 (within the allowed maximum time), then your department/system member host should submit a request to ISSS at least 30 days before your DS-2019 expires. Important:
If you have applied for a 212(e) Waiver
, you can no longer extend your DS-2019 after the Dept. of State issues a waiver recommendation and forwards it to USCIS. If your waiver application is eventually denied by USCIS, then you may apply for an extension of your DS-2019 as long as you have not reached the maximum time allowed for your J-1 category.