Guide to Extending Your B2 Visa Stay in the USA

Applying for an extension of your B2 visa in the United States can seem daunting, but with the right guidance, the process can be straightforward. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers a complete online process for applying for a B2 visa extension through the Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. This article will walk you through the steps to successfully apply for an extension of your stay.

Before You Begin First, ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for a B2 visa extension by visiting the USCIS website and reviewing the information on the I-539 page and the I-539 online section.

Creating an Online Account

  1. The process begins online, and you will need an email ID for the petitioner. If you do not have one, it's advisable to create an email account first.
  2. Visit USCIS's sign-up page to create a profile for the petitioner.
  3. Once the profile is created, navigate to file a new form online.
  4. Search and select the I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. Ensure you read the form carefully and check for any notes or specifications before clicking the "Start form" button.

Completing the Form I-539 Getting Started: You'll be asked about your current nonimmigrant status (B2 - Temporary visitor for pleasure), whether you were granted Duration of Status (D/S) (likely "No"), and your current nonimmigrant status expiration date as found on your I-94 in MM/DD/YYYY format. Application Details: Indicate if you are the only applicant or if family members are filing with you, what you are applying for (an extension of stay in your current status), and the new return date you're requesting. Assistance with Your Application: If someone is assisting you in filling out the application, such as a family member, friend, or agency, indicate "Yes" and provide their details. If you're completing it by yourself, select "No."

About You Section Personal Information: Enter your legal name, contact information, current U.S. mailing address, and physical address abroad as found in your passport. Immigration Information: Provide details about your most recent entry into the United States, including the date of last arrival, I-94 Arrival-Departure Record Number, passport number, and the expiration date of your passport or travel document.

Other Information Security and Background Questions: Answer questions regarding party and group affiliations, immigration proceedings, crimes, and offenses to ensure you comply with U.S. laws and regulations.

Supporting Evidence I-94 Document: Upload a copy of your I-94, which can be obtained from the official I-94 website. Written Statement: Provide a written statement explaining the reason for your request, guided by the requirements on the USCIS I-539 site. Additional Evidence: If applicable, upload additional documents to support your extension request, such as return tickets, medical statements, or invitations.

Review, Submit, and Preparer's Statement Before submitting, review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is accurate and complete. If a preparer assisted you, ensure their statement is appropriately chosen and included in your submission.

Final Steps After completing the online application, monitor your email and USCIS account for updates regarding your application status. It's crucial to submit your application well before your current status expires to avoid any legal complications.

By following these detailed steps, you can navigate the B2 visa extension process more confidently and increase your chances of a successful outcome. Remember, always refer to the official USCIS website for the most current information and updates.

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