I am in B-1/B-2 status and my I-94 will expire in a few weeks. I wish to extend my stay by one month so I can attend an important event. However, I read online that, to extend my status, I need to file the application at least 45 days before my status expires. Is that correct?


No, that is not correct. On its website, the USCIS “recommends” filing at least 45 days prior to one’s I-94 expiration date. However, there is no rule requiring this. As long as the application is filed prior to the I-94 expiration date, one normally may remain in a period of authorized stay while the application is pending. (06.Apr.2022)

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