Services for International Employees & Scholars


Extension of a J-1 scholar's SEVIS record is based on their continued appointment at KU.  Extensions are permitted if the scholar will perform the same program activity.  Please keep in mind that the both the J-1 Research Scholar and J-1 Professor categories have a maximum stay of five years, while the J-1 Short Term Scholar has a maximum stay of six months.  It is not possible to extend beyond these time periods. 

The following conditions must be met before an extension can be approved.

  • The program must not extend beyond the maximum duration (6 months to 5 years depending on the J scholar category).
  • The program activity (research activity or teaching activity) will not change.
  • Additional proof of additional financial support covering the full extension time period.
  • Scholar must provide proof of health insurance coverage for extension time period.


The J-1 Extension process must be initiated by the KU academic unit or research center.  Please begin the process by submitting the "J-1 Extension Program Information" e-form in the Departmental Services section of iHawk».  If you do not yet have departmental access to iHawk, please look at the instructions on how to request access

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Founded in 1964 as part of a Ford Foundation campus internationalization grant
One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
Each semester, the AEC enrolls about 250 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents
The Applied English Center offers field trips and conversation groups to our students
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times