Office of International Affairs (OIA)
Request for Extension of J-1 Student Status
J-1 students are admitted to the United States for "duration of status" or "D/S" and must complete their academic program by the completion date on their IAP-66 or apply for program extension. Program extensions can be given to students who have continually maintained status and whose completion dates have been delayed due to academic or medical reasons. Students must apply for a program extension in the 30-day period before the completion date on the current IAP-66; otherwise the student will be considered out of status and will need to apply for reinstatement.
Acceptable academic delays include (1) change in major field of study, (2) change in research topic, (3) unexpected research problems, (4) lost credits upon transfer to Thomas Jefferson University, or (5) insufficient time for average student to complete studies in the particular program. Delays caused by medical reasons require documentation. If the delay is for academic reasons, please complete with your academic advisor the Academic Advisors Recommendation for Extension of Time for a Program of Study.
Academic probation or suspension are not acceptable reasons for delay. Individuals who have not maintained status or who have delays due to academic probation or suspension must apply for reinstatement. If this is the case, please contact OIES to schedule an appointment with a foreign student advisor.
Academic Advisors Recommendation for Extension of Time for a Program of