1.J-1 holder fails to complete the project within the specified time limit.You must submit a complete the online Program Extension Request at least 10 business days before your DS-2019 program end date.
2.Your program sponsor can help you extend your stay to complete the original unfinished project, not the new project. Some J-1 visas are not allowed to be extended, while some J-1 Visas are allowed to be extended. Butt the total stay period does not exceed the maximum duration of stay for the program
- Extension for J-1 Professors and Research Scholars
1) J-1 Professors and Research Scholars are eligible to extend their stay for an additional six (6) months after the three-year maximum duration period provided that the extension is necessary in order for the alien to complete a specific project or research program. The granting of the extension falls wholly within the program sponsor’s discretion and no State Department or USCIS approval is required.
2) J-1 Professors and Research Scholars are also eligible to extend their stay via the State Department. The State Department may authorize an extension beyond the three-year period if “exceptional and unusual” circumstances exist. The extension request should be made with Department of State within NINETY days prior to the expiration of the alien’s three-year stay period.
3) Under special circumstances, for some projects of J-1, it is allowed to exceed the maximum duration of stay for the program. Your program sponsor shall submit a written request to the State Department of the United States,submit reasons for requesting the extension and supporting materials and pay application fees.