Maintaining J-1 Status
J-1 Scholar: Program Extension
See our What is a J-1 Scholar? page for information about the length of time that applies to your J-1 Scholar category. A J-1 program must be continuous. Therefore, a request to extend your current J-1 program must be made before your current program expires.
If you require an extension of your current program, follow these steps at least one month before the expiration:
- Discuss the possibility of extending with your Penn State host department.
- If in agreement, your host department will create a new invitation/offer letter for you and begin the request in iStart using the J-1: Extension form.
- The form will be routed to you for confirmation and collection of additional financial documentation, if necessary.
- Complete the Update Insurance Documentation form to show you have valid insurance coverage for the entire period of your extension.