| As of April 12, 2002:
Admission to the United States in Business
(B-1) or Visitor for Pleasure ( B-2) status is
limited to 30 days, unless the individual provides evidence explaining
why more time is needed (maximum admission is 6 months).
Extensions of stay are limited to “unexpected
events” and “compelling humanitarian reasons.”
All prospective students must declare
this at the port of entry and have the I-94 Arrival/Departure Record
If an individual files an extension,
he/she must leave U.S. at the end of the period requested, even if USCIS
has not replied.
addition to the Application to Change/Extend Status (Form I-539) and a check
for the fee appropriate
for form I-539, made payable to the USCIS, an individual who currently holds Business ( B-1) or Visitor for Pleasure
( B-2) status is required to submit:
A copy of the alien’s passport and visa
of financial support in the form of letters/affidavits of support, bank
A photocopy of the alien’s Form I-94
and any other documentation establishing his/her current legal nonimmigrant
status in the United States (e.g., a valid and unexpired Form I-20,
Form IAP-66, Employment Authorization Document, etc.).
Any other supporting documentation establishing
the alien’s eligibility for either continued B-1 or B-2 status.
Place of filing: The application
package should be sent to the USCIS Service Center that has jurisdiction
over the applicant’s state of residence. In Philadelphia, the address of
the USCIS to which the application should be sent is included in the directions on the form I-539 available at www.uscis.gov/ and "forms"
The decision to grant or deny a request
for extension of stay is made solely by the USCIS. If the application
for an extension is approved, the alien will be issued a replacement I-94
Arrival/Departure Record with a new departure date. If the application is
denied and the alien’s prior period of stay has already expired, the alien
will be given a request for his/her voluntary departure.