How to Extend a US Work Visa: US Immigration
If you’re currently working in the United States under a US Work Visa your visa will have an expiration date. You must leave the US on or before that date or else you could suffer serious consequences. If you want to extend your stay in the United States, you must file a request before your authorized period of stay expires. If you stay in the United States after your authorized period of stay has expired, you may be barred from returning and/or you may be removed (deported) from the United States. You also may be required to apply for a new visa in the country of your nationality.
Can I Extend My US Work Visa?
You may be eligible to apply for an extension of your authorized period of stay if:
- You were lawfully admitted into the United States with a nonimmigrant visa;
- Your nonimmigrant visa status remains valid;
- You have not committed any crimes that make you ineligible for a visa;
- You have not violated the conditions of your admission; and
- Your passport is valid and will remain valid for the duration of your stay.
Check the date in the lower right corner of your Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Record, to determine the date your authorized stay expires. We recommend that you apply to extend your stay at least 45 days before your authorized stay expires.
How to Extend a US Work Visa
To apply to extend your stay, you should:
- Complete the Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. Review the form instructions for directions on completing the Form I-539.
- Submit the Filing Fee(s). Include the appropriate filing fee with your Form I-539 and biometric services fee (if applicable). Refer to the Form I-539 instructions for details.
- Submit Evidence. Include all required initial evidence and supporting documentation.
- Sign and File the Form I-539. File the application at the correct filing location according to the form instructions.
All family members (spouse and unmarried children under 21) in the same category can be included on one Form I-539. Remember to submit all required supporting documents with your application.
How Much Will It Cost to Extend My US Work Permit?
To file an I-539 form it costs $370 USD. If you need to use an immigration lawyer then you should include your lawyer fees in the total cost amount.
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