How to Extend a J-1 Exchange Visitor
When to begin
Begin at least three weeks prior to the expiration date indicated in item 3 of the current DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status.
How to apply
- Work with your Dean’s Office to determine whether the Exchange Visitor is eligible for the appointment title indicated on the UW J Visa Request Form. Email email@example.com with any questions.
- Verify and retain evidence of sufficient funding from all sources for the duration of the appointment.
- Follow the UW Visa Request Instructions.
- When you receive the DS-2019 from ISO, forward it to the Exchange Visitor. Keep a copy for departmental records.
About the DS-2019
ISO will normally issue the DS-2019 to cover a period of up to one year (item 3 on the DS-2019). Extensions may be requested in increments of up to one year. The DS-2019 can be issued to cover a longer period if the sponsoring department commits to pay full salary to the Exchange Visitor for the entire duration of stay. Separate DS-2019s are issued for accompanying dependents. The sponsoring department forwards the DS-2019 to the Exchange Visitor.
Instructions for the Exchange Visitor
The Exchange Visitor staples the new DS-2019 to all prior DS-2019s. It is important to keep all DS-2019s together. Collectively, they establish the Exchange Visitor’s immigration history in the US.
Departments are charged a processing fee of $213, payable by cost transfer invoice (CTI), for each DS-2019 requested (including DS-2019s issued for J-2 dependents). If the validity dates of the DS-2019 exceed one year, an additional processing fee of $213 will be assessed for each year the form covers. Budget documentation will be sent to Budget Contact listed on the UW J Visa Request Form. Departments may request reimbursement of the fee from the Exchange Visitor. Note: Only non-federal grant budgets may be used to pay for the J-1 processing fee. This is in accordance with OMB (Office of Management and Budget), Circular A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions.