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Tom

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Extending non-immigrant visa stays
« on: January 30, 2008, 08:18:03 PM »
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Trouble is we enjoy America so much that could be quite a date away.

Be sure not to exceed your visa limit Mick. At the very least, go to Canada or Mexico for a day or so and come back in to restart the clock.
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Re: Extending non-immigrant visa stays
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2008, 09:07:17 PM »
Tom,

How matters are at the moment we have been advised to complete form i539. :)
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Re: Extending non-immigrant visa stays
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2008, 09:15:22 PM »
An i-539 form says you're changing or extending your non-immigrant status. I hope you have someone to guide you through that process. Good luck and please come back and let us know the process and the outcome.

Here's a matrix of i-539 filing requirements. Good luck navigating the treacherous path. Get it wrong and these folks can be mean.
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Re: Extending non-immigrant visa stays
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2008, 05:16:23 AM »
Be VERY careful with the 539 Mick - the form is easy to complete, as long as you have some PROOF that you intend to leave at the end of your applied-for period.

If you do the 539, DO NOT send it off until a day or two before your B2 6-months expires (the rules state it has to be in the postal system before your B2 expires).

They were working nearly 6 months behind processing the forms when we did ours, so even if they turn down your application you will get nearly 6 months extra anyway.

I would seriously consider that cheap cruise out of the US and see if they give you a new 6 month stamp on your return (speak to Lindsay as he did this). In fact, Im sure they would jump at the chance to go with you.  ;D

I dont think you can apply for another extension after you have been given an I539 extension, so if you go that route you will have to leave after only spending a year in the US.

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Re: Extending non-immigrant visa stays
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2008, 06:42:15 AM »
Paul,

We were going to cross into Canada as our visa expired and stay there for about 5 months before returning to the US and hopefully a second visa...........it is Lindsay who has advised us on doing it the 'proper way' by completing the i-539 ........... ge wiz I bet the illegals don't get a head ache like I've got   ??? ??? ??? ???   
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Re: Extending non-immigrant visa stays
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2008, 02:09:45 PM »
Hey Mick did you hear what happened to Chris on his way back from Mexico
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Re: Extending non-immigrant visa stays
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2008, 02:35:22 PM »
Gonna let us into the secret Ian  ???
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Re: Extending non-immigrant visa stays
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2008, 02:36:42 PM »
Hey Mick did you hear what happened to Chris on his way back from Mexico

Yea and the latest news is they have refused him a visa at London American Embassy  :(
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Re: Extending non-immigrant visa stays
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2008, 08:09:22 PM »
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Chris is a brit that was touring the states on a visa waiver ie 3 months ,  his trip to Mexico was to get his third entry (extension) into the States.Aparently the imigration officer gave him 5 days to get out of the States.This may be the reason he is now refused a 6 month visa ?
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Re: Extending non-immigrant visa stays
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2008, 09:51:31 PM »
Ian,

That's an example of why we're trying to limit access of illegal immigrants to the USA  ;D

We've been trying for centuries to do the same thing with entrance to Wales. Offa's Dyke was a good start, but then the English built the Aust/Beachley ferry. The ferry got shut down, but they built a bridge across the Severn.
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Re: Extending non-immigrant visa stays
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2008, 10:14:51 PM »
Ian,

That's an example of why we're trying to limit access of illegal immigrants to the USA  ;D

We've been trying for centuries to do the same thing with entrance to Wales. Offa's Dyke was a good start, but then the English built the Aust/Beachley ferry. The ferry got shut down, but they built a bridge across the Severn.

Beggin' your pardon, Gov.   Wasn't Offa an English king?   What makes you think he was trying to keep Englishers out of Wales -- as opposed to the opposite?   ;D

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Re: Extending non-immigrant visa stays
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2008, 10:31:23 PM »
Works either way. It's still a wall whichever direction you try to cross it.
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