If you are in the United States on a Visitor Visa and want to extend your stay, you are required to file a request with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You can extend a B-1 or B-2 Visitor Visa using Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. Here are the steps to apply to extend your Visitor Visa.
Unlawful presence is a legal term that refers to being in the United States without authorization, including if you overstay your visa. There are two types of unlawful presence:
If you are considered to be unlawfully present in the United States, you may be subject to a number of consequences, including:
Visa Overstay Forgiveness
Visa overstay forgiveness is a process that allows people who have overstayed their visas to be granted a waiver of inadmissibility. This means that the government will allow them to enter or adjust their status in the United States even though they have overstayed their visas.
The ability to obtain a waiver of inadmissibility will depend on both the reason for inadmissibility and the type of benefit for which you are applying.
If you or a family member wants to extend your visa – or have overstayed your visa and want to be forgiven so you can enter the United States in the future, it’s important to speak with an experienced immigration attorney.
The immigration attorneys at Godoy Law Office can help you to evaluate your immigration status and guide you to ensure you remain eligible to reenter the United States. If you need help with a Visitor Visa or other immigration issue, please contact our office at 630-912-0322.