DS-2019 Extension

Always maintain a valid DS-2019 during your stay in the U.S. The ending date in item #3 on your DS-2019 is the date by which you are expected to complete your studies.

For students with a DS-2019 issued by a program sponsor other than KU (ex. IIE, LASPAU, Fulbright), please contact your sponsor to request your extension.


Any J-1 student who is pursuing a full course of study and maintaining satisfactory advancement toward the completion of his/her program.

When to Apply

If you need more time to complete your degree or program beyond the date in item #3, please submit the DS-2019 Extension Request. Extensions should be processed before the completion date on your current DS-2019. We recommend that you submit your extension paperwork within the semester that your DS-2019 expires.

How to Apply (for students whose current DS-2019 is issued by KU)

Log into iHawk and complete the "DS-2019 Extension" e-forms under "J-1 Student Services" - BOTH parts are required

What you will need:

Part 1

Departmental contact's name and email address – meet with your departmental contact regarding the DS-2019 extension request you are about to submit. Please use the following to identify the department of the appropriate contact person:

  • Study Abroad Exchange Students - Office of Study Abroad
  • Kansai Exchange Students – Applied English Center
  • Grad Direct Exchange and semester/academic year-long Kanagawa – International Programs
  • All others – Academic advisor

The contact you indicate on the e-form will receive an email and will need to verify the reason for and length of extension requested.

​Part 2

  • KU Funding: If you are receiving any exchange agreement benefits, have a GA/GRA/GTA, Lecturer position, fellowship or departmental scholarship, you must provide the name and email address of the departmental staff person who can verify the salary and benefit information.
  • Other Funding: Upload evidence of financial support for the entire length of the requested extension period. For the minimum amount, refer to your specific major/program in Estimated Cost of Attendance (include dependent expenses if applicable).

When can I come to ISS to process the DS-2019 extension?

You will receive an E-mail from ISS that instructs you to call the ISS office to schedule an appointment and meet with an immigration advisor to process the DS-2019 extension.

You can also monitor the status of your request in iHawk. When both e-forms are showing "Pending Review" status, you should call the ISS office to schedule an appointment.

Important if you work on-campus

Take a copy of your newly extended DS-2019 and your new J-1 on-campus work permit to the Payroll Office in Room 145 Carruth O'Leary Hall for proof that you are eligible to continue working.


Immigration Advising Hours

Virtual Remote Advising

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:30pm to 4:00pm. These virtual zoom sessions are only for questions that will take 15 minutes or less.

>>Virtual Drop-in Request

Walk-In (In-person) Advising

Tuesday, Thursday 1:30pm to 4:00pm.

Schedule an Appointment

Call 785-864-3617 to set up an appointment for all processes (except a reduced course load with approval on an electronic I-20).


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