When to get a Visa Extension

  • In advance of your visa expiring 
    • Do not wait until last minute
    • At least 45 days before hand, depending on the visa 6 months in advance (h-1b visa)
  • For the visitor visa: 
    • If you have more upcoming events or activities planned even a few days after your visa expires
    • If you have a legitimate reason for wanting to extend your visa, under the right visa category
    • You have definitive plans to leave the United States after the visa expires
    • You were lawfully admitted
    • No committed crimes
    • Conditions have not been violated
    • Passport is valid
    • Proper evidence for financial aid is provided
  • If you can articulate and prove why you want to stay in the United States longer

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