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?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.