A B2 visa is a visitor visa that allows people to travel, receive medical care, and visit relatives and friends in the United States. However, the issue of how long they can stay still exists.
A B2 visa normally has a 10-year validity period. However, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the point of entry chooses the duration of each visit. Typically, a B2 visa allows for a six-month maximum stay. Parents requiring a longer stay may submit Form I-539 to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If the parents can show that they have a legitimate reason for needing to stay longer, USCIS may allow the extension. It’s important to remember that staying longer than allowed might have serious repercussions, including being denied entry to the US again.
As mentioned, a B2 visa’s maximum stay is ordinarily six months. The exact length of the stay is decided by the CBP administrator at the port of entry. However, parents can stay for up to six months at each visit. They will put a date on the visitor’s passport that tells when they must leave the country.
What happens if parents must stay for a period longer than six months with a B2 Visa?
They can submit Form I-539 to USCIS to request a stay extension. Before the visitor’s authorized stay expires, this form must be submitted. After reviewing the application, the USCIS will decide whether to give or refuse the extension. The visitor should give a good reason for needing to stay longer, such as the need for medical attention, attendance at a family gathering, or assistance with a new grandchild, to boost the likelihood of gaining an extension.
It’s important to keep in mind that remaining longer than allowed can have negative consequences. Visitors who overstay their visas may be prevented from entering the United States again. It may also restrict their ability to obtain other types of visas, such as student or work visas. Always do your best to stick to the permitted time of stay and submit an extension request when necessary.
- B2 visa holders are not permitted to work or enroll in school in the United States.
- To prove their intention to return home, visitors must still have some form of connection to their own country, such as owning property or working.
- Visitors must follow all US laws and regulations while in the country and have a valid passport and visa.
To summarize what we have just gone over, six months is often the maximum stay. Travelers may ask for an extension if they have a good reason to stay longer. Remember that it’s important to stick to the permitted time of stay and request an extension if necessary to avoid negative outcomes.
If parents must stay for some time greater than six months, what should they do?
Before their approved period of stay expires, parents can submit Form I-539 to USCIS to request an extension of their stay.