The J-1 visa status does allow for up to a 30 day stay from the program release date. Please follow these links for more information on Program Releases (PR’s) and Personal Early Returns (PRTN’s).
However, AFS strongly discourages Program Releases for NH21/SH22, due to the continued presence of COVID-19, and the risks involved. AFS program benefits and medical coverage provided to students through AFS will cease on the day of the Program Release. ECA Sponsored Programs participants are not allowed to Program Release.