Q: Extending stay on a visiting visa due to pandemic
My parents are on a visiting visa to the US from India. They got here before the Pandemic started (December 2019) and was not able to travel back once the pandemic started because of their age and the travel risk. We waited for them to get their vaccinations and so had to extend their stay twice. Now that they are vaccinated and was planning to return, we are seeing a huge COVID situation in India. We wanted to know if we can extend their stay for a 3rd time?
A: The biggest risk in applying for a third time is that if your parents have a 10 year visa and their request to extend status is denied then their 10 year visa will be automatically revoked and it may be harder for them to get a new tourist visa in the future. There is no way to predict the odds of your parents' request being granted but if they decide to apply an experienced attorney may be able to help them maximize their chances of approval. Best wishes!
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