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15 Nov 2023

I was issued a B-1/B-2 visa several years ago, when I needed to come for a business trip. The visa was issued for 10 years. I now wish to come to the U.S. to attend a wedding. Can I use the same visa, or do I need to reapply?

Answer Generally speaking, as long as the B-1/B-2 visa remains valid, it may be used to request admission for any valid B-1 or B-2 purpose. This applies even if the reason for admission is unrelated to the reason the visa was initially requested. And, in general,...

06 Nov 2023

Immigration Tips Before Taking a Cruise

While foreign nationals are typically mindful about confirming the permissibility of international travel prior to boarding a plane, an individual may be less mindful about another, less common form of travel – international cruises. However, like air travel, a foreign national should understand the nature...

19 Oct 2023

My mother is visiting on her B-2 visa and recently applied for an extension. If the receipt notice does not arrive before her I-94 expires, does she need to leave the U.S.?

Answer In order to remain in the United States in a period of authorized stay, the B-2 visitor must file the application to extend or change status prior to the expiration date of her current I-94. There is no requirement that the receipt notice be issued...

19 Oct 2023

USCIS Launches New Online Change-of-Address Tool

On October 12, 2023, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) launched the new Enterprise Change of Address (E-COA) self-service tool for an individual to notify the USCIS of a change in address. The tool is intended to improve the speed and efficiency of updating...

05 Oct 2023

After being laid off, I filed an application to change status to B-1. I recently received an RFE asking for evidence that I have the financial means to support myself. I have about $40,000 in my savings account. Is that sufficient? Is there a set dollar figure required?

Answer There is no set dollar figure required to qualify for a stay in B-1 status. Rather, the applicant has the burden of evidencing that they can support themselves during their stay in the United States. Since a person in B-1 status typically cannot work, that...

28 Sep 2023

USCIS Exempting Biometrics Fee for all I-539 Applicants, Effective 01.Oct.2023

Beginning October 1, 2023, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will exempt all I-539 applicants from paying the $85 biometrics service fee. This exemption will apply indefinitely. Background Information In 2019, the USCIS implemented a policy that required most form I-539 applicants to complete biometrics screening...