Stanberry Educity | October 5, 2020
Stanberry Educity can help you extend your U.S. B-1 or B-2 visa during COVID-19. As we all know, the coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things about modern life. If you are currently in the U.S. on a B-1, B-2 or any other temporary visa, you may find yourself staying in the USA longer than initially anticipated due to the travel restrictions enacted because of COVID-19.
If you need to extend your I-94 date or U.S. visitor visa stay in the United States, you must file an extension of stay with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) with Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status before your authorized visit expires.
Visas are generally issued for six months, but an additional maximum extension of 6 months can be granted based on the USCIS approval. USCIS recommends that you apply to extend your stay at least 45 days before your authorized stay expires, but due to current events, even if you have less than 45 days, you should still apply so that you follow legal processes and stay on the record.
Due to the extreme situation created by COVID-19, certain U.S. temporary visas, including B-1 and B-2 (for visitors and business travelers) visa holders, are eligible to file for an extension of their temporary U.S. visas if they are unable to return to their home country due to travel restrictions. USCIS will consider all extension applications under these extenuating circumstances.
Here is a step-by-step guide to filing for a visitor visa extension;
While the above step-by-step process will help you file your visa extension with ease, do not hesitate to contact a legal immigration expert if you need assistance.
Stanberry Educity always recommends having a suitable travel medical insurance policy while you are in the U.S. to cover you financially if you have a medical emergency or need to be hospitalized due to coronavirus. If you already have a travel medical insurance policy, do not forget to renew your travel medical insurance plan. If you want to learn more or need assistance in acquiring a suitable travel medical insurance plan, please consult your immigration lawyer for legal consultation.