I Stay in U.S. Longer with My Non-immigrant Visa?
I have a non-immigrant visa. What will happen if I decide to stay in U.S. longer beyond the period of time authorized? Does that mean I will be out-of-status?
If you would like to stay in the U.S. for a longer duration than originally planned, you will need to extend your nonimmigrant stay in the U.S. Many people refer to this as extending the visa. However, in reality, you are not extending the date in your visa stamp, but in your I-94 form. If you came to the United States on a nonimmigrant visa and you want to extend your stay, you must apply with USCIS before your authorized stay, denoted on your admission stamp or paper Form I-94, expires.
With a non-immigrant visa, you should carefully consider the dates of your authorized stay and make sure you are following the procedures. Failure to do so will cause you to be out-of-status. Staying beyond the period of time authorized by the Department of Homeland Security and out-of-status in the U.S. is a violation of U.S. immigration laws, and may cause you to be ineligible for a visa in the future for return travel to the U.S.
If you overstay the end date of your authorized stay, as provided by the CBP officer at a port-of-entry, or United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), your visa will generally be automatically be voided or cancelled.
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