Program Extensions and Withdrawals

Internships and training programs that have not yet reached the maximum program length (as listed below) may be extended up to that maximum. However, to qualify for an extension, the host organization and intern or trainee must agree on a new phase of training that should be added to the training plan via a new DS-7002. Extending a program is a great opportunity to add value to the internship or training program by expanding training into new areas of skill development.

Extensions must be a minimum of three weeks in duration and must take place with the original host organization. The total duration of the program, including any extensions, must not exceed the maximum program length:

INTERNSHIP USA

MAXIMUM PROGRAM LENGTH (ORIGINAL PROGRAM, PLUS EXTENSION)

Standard training 12 months

     

CAREER TRAINING USA

MAXIMUM PROGRAM LENGTH (ORIGINAL PROGRAM, PLUS EXTENSION)

Standard training and hospitality management training

18 months

All other hospitality training

12 months

Please note: Participants of our 1-Year Graduate USA Visa Program are not eligible to extend their program.

APPLYING FOR AN EXTENSION

Applying for an extension is easy. To begin the process, the intern or trainee should contact their CIEE international representative four to six weeks in advance. After the extension application is complete and a new training plan has been developed, the review process begins; this takes 15 business days. Once the extension has been approved, CIEE will send a new DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status to the host organization.

PROGRAM WITHDRAWALS

Any intern or trainee who needs to withdraw from their internship or training program for any reason should talk to their host organization supervisor and contact CIEE as soon as possible to discuss next steps.

The withdrawal process generally includes the following:

  • The host organization and participant agree to a last day of training. Depending on the situation, this can be immediate; however, an intern or trainee should give at least two weeks notice (if possible).
  • The participant's DS-2019 will be shortened to reflect the last day at the host organization.
  • CIEE insurance will be canceled one day after the participant’s departure from the United States.