What is the Exchange Visitor Extension Request?

If you are a Scholar and your DS-2019 is about to expire, but you need additional time to complete your program, please submit this packet to ISSS before the expiration date on your current document.

How Do I Know If I am Eligible for an Extension?

You are eligible to apply for an extension of stay if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • You are working toward the objective shown on your current DS-2019
  • You can demonstrate adequate financial support for the period of the proposed extension
  • If applicable, you have adequate health insurance coverage for yourself and your J-2 dependents
  • Your extension will not carry you beyond the maximum duration of stay for your J-1 program category
    • 5 years for a Research Scholar/Professor
    • 1 year for a Specialist
    • 6 months for a Short-Term Scholar

Instructions for Completing This Form

  1. Fill out page 1
  2. Provide the following materials with your request:
    • Letter from academic department requesting the extension
    • Completed financial certification form (page 2 of this form) along with proof of sufficient financial support
    • Signed health insurance compliance form
    • $50 administrative fee (see below for more information)
  3. Submit your request to the front desk of Laurel Hall or by email

Additional Information

Payment Methods


The $50 administrative fee may be paid by providing an account number that ISSS can charge through the University Kuali System.


The $50 administrative fee may be paid by the scholar one of two ways:

  • By credit card through our secure online payment system (Choose “ISSS” and then “DS-2019 extension fee.”)
    • Include copy of receipt with DS-2019 extension request packet.
  • Check made payable to Colorado State University.