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Q: I am currently stuck in the US due to the covid outbreak the borders of my country are closed. What are my options

They are reopening I am currently stuck in the US due to the coronavirus outbreak the borders of my country are closed. they are reopening this week, however the flights that were once available are being cancelled. this is very unstable and my stay is ending July 11th. I do not want to overstay on my visa. What are my options? Will i be penalized if i do extend my stay if i decided to travel back to the US at some other point?

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Ms Grace I Gardiner
Ms Grace I Gardiner
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY

A: Once the borders were closed you should and still could file the extension of stay and keep a copy of the filing should any issues arise in the future. Feel free to call for a consultation

Claudia Jocelyne Kokaz Muslu
Claudia Jocelyne Kokaz Muslu
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Longmeadow, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: This really depends on the type of visa you have now. For example there are exceptions for visa program waiver/ESTA holders where you can get an extension for your stay for one to two months from customs and border protection or USCIS. This is not possible if you are on a tourist (B2) visa. Then, you would need to do an application to extend your nonimmigrant status (Application to extend/change nonimmigrant status https://www.uscis.gov/i-539). However, in immigration law there are always exceptions to the rule. Therefore, it is best to discuss the details of your situation with an experienced immigration attorney to find out the best solution for your specific case.

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