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Is It Possible to Extend My ESTA Admission Beyond 90 Days?

Many foreigners enter the United States using ESTA and ask us whether they can extend this status. The answer for most applicants is: no. If you need to stay for longer than 90 days, you do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Instead, you can apply for a visitor B visa. The requirements for the B visa are similar to the Visa Waiver program. You can […]

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Status Expiration, I-94, Visa Stamp: What Does It All Mean?

Entering the United States on a visa can be a confusing process. You may not be sure if you are here in legal status. Here are explanations of a few terms that can help clarify your situation. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Immigration Status Your immigration status is the legal category under which you were admitted (e.g., H-1B, L-1, O-1, P-1, TN, F-1, B). Each category has […]

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FAQ about Consular Processing

You’ve scheduled your consular interview appointment. Now you’re wondering: what’s next? Non-immigrant visa consular processing can be a stressful process.  These FAQs can prepare you and facilitate the process. 1.     What should I do to prepare for the interview? Review the appointment notice to ensure that you have all required documents. Do not staple documents. Use binder clips if necessary. Bring clear and legible photocopies of all required documents as well as originals, if required. […]

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FAQ about What Happens after Your Petition Is Filed

Congratulations! Your petition has been filed and accepted by USCIS. We have successfully completed another significant step in your immigration case. But you are likely wondering, “What happens next?” This document answers the most frequently asked questions we receive from clients about this phase of your process. 1. How long will it take for USCIS to process my case? Once the petition is filed with USCIS, the review and adjudication process also takes time. Processing […]

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Book Excerpt: FAQs about Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 Students

Here is an excerpt from the “F-1 Visa for Students” chapter in Giselle Carson’s book Beyond the H-1B: A Guide to Work Visa Options for Employers, Foreign Nationals, and Graduating Students, which is available for purchase on Amazon. Is CPT a separate visa status? No, CPT is a benefit of F-1 status. While engaged in CPT, you are still considered to be in F-1 status under the visa sponsorship of your college or university. Does […]

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