My mom has come to the US on a tourist visa and her I-94 expires on the last week of April.
Due to the Corona Virus, travel restrictions have been imposed in our home country, India. Her Indian passport is expiring on May 10th, 2020. But we want her to stay beyond May 10th, 2020 to reduce the risk of COVID-19 as she is elderly.
I am aware that we should file I-539 to extend her stay. But in order to submit the online application, it requires a valid passport for the requested length of stay. I contacted Indian embassy regarding her passport renewal but they are not providing any assistance as they are closed now and don’t know when they are going to re-open.
Can I immediately file I-539 to extend her stay beyond May 10th, 2020 by explaining the situation regarding her passport renewal?
Wait until April 15th hoping that Indian embassy will be able to assist regarding her passport renewal and apply for an extension at that time?
Is there any other way to extend her stay beyond May 10th, 2020?
I am facing the same issue except the passport expiry problem and I do think it is a better choice to try to obtain a new passport and apply.
Question to Anil: i am hearing rumor that USCIS might not approved I593 in this situation. Is it true? Or is it just rumor. Have you seen any recent cases where B2 is extended for elderly people? My parents’ I94 will expire on May 20. When is a good time to apply? Shall I apply online or submit paper application?
There is no official confirmation from USCIS about anything till today.
I am hoping that USCIS will approve these applications as it is a real emergency and people cannot travel. You are not alone. There thousands of people who are filing B2 extensions.
In my opinion, it is okay to stay and file extension even if USCIS may deny it later as it is a life and death situation. USCIS can only deny the application later and it is okay. Its not the end of the world.
It is important to safeguard your parent’s life first and then think about visa status.
I have applied for my mothers Passport renewal and she is on B2 visa now. I have notarized the color copy of B2 visa stamp but not the visa page where it shows 10 yr visa validity ! Do you know wch page was i suppose to notarize? Visa stamp when she came here ? Or visa validity page wch shows expiry after 10 yrs!
In my opinion you should submit I134 for extension. USCIS will like to ensure that the sponsor takes all the financial liabilities for the visitor and that the visitor will not become a public charge while in the US.
I replied to your other question in another thread you have. If possible please keep one thread instead of posting questions on several different threads.