Every United States non-immigrant visa has an expiration date. If you need to extend your stay longer than your visa allows, you have the right to apply for a visa extension. So common visa extensions are denied for simple application errors. Contact our immigration Texas lawyer to ensure your application is free of errors.
Filing for Visa Extensions in Austin
To successfully extend your visa, the US insists applicants meet specific requirements to extend their stay. Their requirements include:
- your passport is currently valid and will continue to be valid throughout your requested extension
- your entry to the US was lawful, and you had a nonimmigrant visa at the time of admission
- you are not on record violating any of the terms of your admission to the US
- your nonimmigrant visa is still valid
- your visa eligibility has not been revoked on the basis that you committed a crime
Our immigration Texas lawyer can help determine if you meet the requirements and assist you in filing your application to extend and change nonimmigration status, if necessary.
Why are visa extensions denied?
Failure to meet any of the above-stated requirements will, in likelihood, result in a denial. Additional problems arise if applicants wait too long to file an extension request. Generally, it’s best to submit your application at least 45 days before your original visa expires. This guideline provides applicants plenty of time to receive an approval or denial before their visa is no longer valid. If you wait any longer, you risk your visa expiring before your request has been reviewed, possibly leading to a denial. Most importantly, if you remain in the US past your visa terms, you face the risk of deportation and removal proceedings, even with a pending extension application. Should you find yourself waiting for approval of visa extension and your current visa is dangerously close to expiring, it may be wise to consider leaving the US until approved to avoid an immediate denial.
Students Seeking Visa Extensions
Students who did not complete their degree program but the program end date may apply for a visa extension. However, students must apply for their visa extension well before their visa expires. Students may seek a visa extension up to six months before their stated program end date. If you are a sponsored student, you and your sponsor will be required to submit additional documents to request your visa extension. Ensure there are further delays to completing your degree program; meet with our immigration Texas lawyer to begin the application process as soon as possible.
Seek Representation Immediately
Completing your visa extension request accurately and timely is imperative. Our Texas immigration lawyer is here to help. Give us a call for a free consultation, and we’ll begin reviewing your visa extension today.
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