If you were lawfully admitted into the United States with a temporary visa, and you have not committed any crimes, you may be able to request permission to extend your stay. However, you must send your application to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service before your current temporary visa expires.
To apply to extend your stay in the United States:
If you were admitted into the United States in any of the following visa categories, you may not apply for an extension:
The application process is different depending on the type of temporary visa received. The following nonimmigrant workers must have their employers read and file a CIS Form I-129 (Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker) with any supporting documentation:
Those in the following categories should read and complete Form I-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status) themselves and submit required documents:
The application and fee should be sent to the USCIS Service Center in the area where you are staying. If your nonimmigrant status is work-related, the application should be sent to the Service Center serving the area in which you work.
If you do not file your extension on time, you must show that:
If you are interested in changing your temporary visa status, an experienced immigration attorney can advise you on the necessary forms and deadlines required. In addition, a skilled immigration attorney can assist in completing your application with the correct documentation and explain to you your options if you are denied a change.
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