Bucks County Visa Extensions Lawyer
People present in the United States with nonimmigrant visas are those here temporarily for purposes of business or for pleasure (tourists). Those present in the United States with nonimmigrant status are often able to extend their stay in this country. A Bucks County Immigration Lawyer can advise and assist you in applying to have your visit to the United States extended.
In order for a nonimmigrant visitor to have his or her status extended, he or she needs to file an application for an extension of his or her visa with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It is important to do this correctly in order to achieve a successful result, and to avoid potentially unfavorable immigration consequences. This is really essential, and an Immigration Lawyer can help.
USCIS advises that nonimmigrant visitors applying to extend their stay in this country submit an Application for an Extension of their visit in a timely manner, ideally 45 days prior to the date that they are required to leave this country.
There are several requirements that must be met in order to become eligible to have your visa extended:
- You must have been admitted into the United States with a lawful nonimmigrant visa.
- Your nonimmigrant visa status must remain valid.
- You cannot have engaged in any disqualifying criminal misconduct.
- Your application for extension generally needs to be filed prior to the date that you are required to leave this country.
- Your passport needs to be valid and must have remained valid during the entire period that you have been here in this country.
USCIS generally requires that applications for extension of nonimmigrant status be submitted prior to the date that the nonimmigrant visitor is required to leave this country. However, an application for extension of nonimmigrant status submitted subsequent to the required date of departure might still be accepted if you can demonstrate:
- The filing delay was the result of extraordinary circumstances that were beyond your control
- The period of the delay was reasonable;
- You have not violated your non-immigrant status in any other way;
- You are still a nonimmigrant and not, for example, an applicant for permanent residence or a green card; and
- You have not been placed in removal proceedings before an immigration judge.
If you ready to learn more about the possibility of Extending Your Visit in the United States, Contact The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. online or call for a free consultation at (215) 297-6333 (Bucks County Immigration Lawyer).
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.