Bucks County Visa Extensions LawyerPeople present in the United States with nonimmigrant visas are composed of those here temporarily for purposes of business or for pleasure (tourists). In many cases, those present in the United States with nonimmigrant status are 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 mannerl 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.
- 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.