First, complete your Cultural Activity Report form which can be accessed from this website:  Cultural Activity Report

Then ask your school, district, or Confucius Institute representative to contact the Cordell Hull Foundation and request your renewal.

CHF will then collect the necessary information from the school representative and send your renewal paperwork to you.

If you have a 3-year visa stamp, for the second and third years, all you need is CHF’s updated DS-2019 form.

If  you are currently in your third year, you may request an extension for a 4th and 5th year in J-1 exchange teacher visa status.

If you have a one-year visa stamp, or your visa is expiring on June 30, see the next section.


When TO   If I am planning to leave the US and the J-1 visa in my passport is expiring before I return.

When NOT   I am staying in the US for the entire next year and will not leave the country. The Cordell Hull Foundation will issue an additional renewal DS-2019 form updating my status which will contain a Travel Validation signature.  All I need do is fill in the bottom line on my renewal DS-2019 form, fold it in such a way that it can be viewed in its entirety when unfolded, and staple the form into my passport (along with all previous DS-2019 forms).

My Home Country  You can always apply to renew your J-1 visa status in your country of origin.  Or you can apply in a country you visit if that country is willing to accept Third Country National applications.
Check the website of the American Embassy of the target country and read the instructions in the Non-Immigrant Visa section.  For listing of US Embassy and Consular websites, see      or

Canada – Third Country Nationals (TCNs)

Most Third Country Nationals (citizens of countries other than Canada applying for visas to visit or work in the United States) can apply to renew J1 visa status in Canada.

For detailed instructions for contacting US Embassies in Canada, click on:

Mexico – Third Country Nationals (TCNs)

Website for making appointments in Mexico:

Only TCN’s renewing the same visa type for initially stamped either in the country of residence or citizenship or at a border post in Canada or Mexico.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to renew your visa in Mexico, use the telephone number on the website to make your appointment rather than the online appointment system.

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