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Nigeluk

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B2 visa extension
« on: May 13, 2018, 12:40:22 PM »
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We are just going through the i539 form to extend our stay for another 6 months in th US they ask for reasons as to why we want to extend. Is to continue touring the country a good enough answer? If any one else has been through the process I would be grateful for their advice. Also what are our chances of a further 6 months if we are lucky enough to get this extension?

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Re: B2 visa extension
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2018, 01:04:42 PM »
Nigel, I've never completed/submitted a form i539, but hopefully someone who has will jump in. It's never been clear to me what they consider a valid reason to extend your stay.

It's been a while since I read the online instructions/guidelines for i539 (and they may have changed), but they used to suggest that submitting the form could extend your stay by up to 18 months. I haven't read anything that suggests you can submit successive i539's for additional extensions. Check the latest i539 guidelines

Please let us know if you discover more information & if your request is granted.
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Re: B2 visa extension
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2018, 05:43:50 PM »
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It's never been clear to me what they consider a valid reason to extend your stay.

Since it's applicable to both B1(business) & B2 (pleasure) visa holders, I would think that "extending our vacation to tour this great country" would be a valid reason for extension of stay.
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Re: B2 visa extension
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2018, 06:03:51 PM »
You would and I would, but we're talking about the guvment here.
I know you believe you understand what you think I said,
But I am not sure you realize what you heard is not what I meant


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Re: B2 visa extension
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2018, 06:05:34 PM »
I couldn't think of a better reason to state for staying. Can you?
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Re: B2 visa extension
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2018, 06:49:37 PM »
Not a one.
I know you believe you understand what you think I said,
But I am not sure you realize what you heard is not what I meant


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Re: B2 visa extension
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2018, 08:24:07 PM »
I too am interested in this as we are considering an extension at some point.

You could maybe consider, carefully, saying while you are in good health, or you are doing it because you can take time away from work, as well as the obvious to see all you can of this wonderful country...

Hope it goes well for you....
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Re: B2 visa extension
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2018, 05:01:38 PM »
Thanks all
As always honesty is the best policy, we can't go home yet we have the whole of the West side still to do and some say thats the best side. We have only reached New Jersey so far coming up from Florida via Texas. If it gets,better than what we have seen already we are in for a great time.
Let's hope Mr Trump let's us stay at least for another 6 months.

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Re: B2 visa extension
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2018, 05:06:39 PM »
Good luck Nigel. Keep an eye open in our forum for rallies &/or members' travel plans /locations. You'll find we're a welcoming bunch.
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Re: B2 visa extension
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2018, 08:52:04 PM »
Hello again. Our application for an extension to our Visa has been in for the required 45 days before our Visa runs out. We have not heard anything other than they have received our application. Our current visa runs out on July 6 should we start packing our bags?

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Re: B2 visa extension
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2018, 09:05:40 PM »
Nigel, assuming you're talking about an I-539 extension application, the rules used to say that their acknowledgement of your application was good enough to stay unless they notified you otherwise (my words). Check the current I-539 rules.
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Re: B2 visa extension
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2018, 07:10:05 AM »
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... the rules used to say that their acknowledgement of your application was good enough to stay unless they notified you otherwise (my words). Check the current I-539 rules.
The wording has changed a little, but it appears that you're still good unless/until they decide your stay can't be extended; In such cases, you'd be asked to leave. See page 3 of the linked pdf.
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Re: B2 visa extension
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2018, 08:07:01 PM »
Thanks Tom for your advice once again. We got the extension through today which takes us through to the end of the year.
At the risk of sounding greedy, what are the chances of us extending again?
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Re: B2 visa extension
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2018, 09:22:19 PM »
Thanks for the update Nigel. I don't know what the rule is for additional extensions. But you might want to re-read the I-539 page.
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