What do you need in order to extent your visa in the U.S.?

bridgeDo you want to extent your non-immigrant stay in the United States? In order to extent your visa in the U.S. you must be in one of the non-immigrant category.

Employment-based visa categories: The employment-based visa categories are:

  • E-1, E-2,
  • E-3,
  • H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, H-3,
  • L-1A, L-1B,
  • O-1, O-2,
  • P-1, P-2, P-3,
  • Q-1,
  • R-1,
  • TN-1, TN-2.

Are you in one of the above-mentioned employment-related categories? If so, your employer must file a Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker. It should be done before the expiration date of your current status. Each of those above mentioned employment-based visa categories has specific limits and requirements.

Other categories:

  • A-3,
  • B-1, B-2,
  • E-1, E-2,
  • E-3,
  • G-5,
  • H-4,
  • K-3, K-4,
  • L-2,
  • M,
  • N,
  • NATO-7,
  • O-3,
  • P-4,
  • R-2,
  • All “V” categories,
  • TD.

If you are in one of the above-mentioned categories you must file a Form I-539 to extend your visa in the U.S.

Supporting documents for both employment-based categories and other categories:

You must submit all required supporting documents with your application. For example:

  • I-94,
  • Passport,
  • Copy of your diploma,
  • Employment certificate,
  • Proof of your financial support including current bank statements.

You may need other supporting documents depending on type of your visa.

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