updating your ds-2019

All DS-2019 updates require students to submit an DS-2019 application form. Additional documentation will be required depending on the reason for the update. Please read below for further instructions.

Program Extension

Extension of current program if more time is needed to complete program.
Additional documents required:

  • Advisor's certification
  • Proof of finances (Exchange students only)
  • If you are working on campus, you will need to provide the name of your employing unit or department

Change of Field - Undergraduates

Change to a new field of study without completing the previous field.

Additional documents required:

Change of Level of Study or Change to a New Program of Study - Graduate students

A change of level may mean going from a Master's to a PhD or completing one program and starting a new one at the same level of study (i.e. MS in Finance to MS in Accounting). A petition must be filed with and approved by the Graduate College before ISSS can issue a new DS-2019.
Undergraduate students changing level to graduate studies will receive their new DS-2019 from the Graduate College instead of ISSS.(italics)

Additional documents required:

  • Documentation of your finances as outlined in Section 2 of the DS-2019 application form
  • A copy of the approved graduate petition or the approval email from the Graduate College

Change of status to J-1


Additional documents required:

  • Documentation of your finances as outlined in Section 2 on DS-2019 application form
  • Photocopy of your current passport
  • You will also need to indicate whether you are changing your status by mail or by travel.  If by travel, you will need to provide your return date.

Adding J-2 Dependents

If you would like to add a spouse or a child as your J-2 dependent.

Additional documents required:

  • Documentation of your finances as outlined in Section 2 of the DS-2019 Application Form
  • Copies of your dependent(s)’ passports

Update DS-2019 to support a renewal J-1/J-2 entry visas

If you would like to update your DS-2019 in order to renew your visa. You will only need to submit the DS-2019 application form.

Return from Academic Absence

Please visit Return from Academic Absence to learn more about this process.

Replace a lost DS-2019

For students who have lost their DS-2019 and need to replace this document. Please fill out and submit the Reprint e-form to request your new DS-2019.
-- Download instructions for using reprint e-form

Reprint DS-2019

Please fill out and submit the Reprint e-form to request your new DS-2019.
-- Download instructions for using reprint e-form

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