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What happens if you overstay a U.S. visa?

Overstaying your visa shouldn’t be a part of your U.S. travel plan. In case you overstay your visa, you’ll face harsh consequences that will most probably prevent you from entering the U.S. for a long period of time in the future. To respect your visa limitations, you need to learn more about them. Good preparation and deep research should precede your visa application process. Traveling to the U.S. could be worry-free if you learn about your visa type in advance. The consequences of overstaying are not the same for every visa type. Read up on the possible consequences of overstaying a U.S. visa.

Visa cancelation

This happens often because people ignore their visa expiration date or the amount of time they can stay before exiting the country and entering again. For instance, you hold a U.S. visitor visa and stay in the country for a year upon your first entry. Since your visa is most probably valid for 10 years and you overlooked the rule that you’re allowed to stay for up to six months in one entry, your visa might be canceled. As a result, you’ll have to apply for a new visa if you want to enter the U.S. again.

Inability to adjust status

Some U.S. visa holders express a wish to adjust their status while they’re staying in the United States. There is an option to adjust one’s nonimmigrant status to another, one’s nonimmigrant status to an immigrant, or extend one’s stay. Filing for a status adjustment or visa extension is possible before your visa expires. There is something positive here. If you file for any of these before your visa expires, you might be granted permission to stay in the U.S. even after your visa expires in order to wait for the status adjustment or visa extension. Whatever you choose to do, be mindful of your visa expiration date.

U.S. entry ban

This is something you should prevent at all costs. If you leave the U.S. in the period under one year after your visa expired and before you faced removal proceedings, you will most probably get a 3-year U.S. entry ban. The citation becomes more difficult if you leave the US. in the period over one year after your visa expired and before you faced removal proceedings. Namely, you’ll most probably receive a 10-year U.S. entry ban.

Inability to apply at a local Consulate

Sometimes it is more convenient to apply at a Consulate in your residence country that is closer to you than the U.S. Embassy. If you overstayed your visa in the past, you might be unable to choose where you’ll apply again. Privileges are lost when you don’t respect your visa type limitations.

Pay attention to your visa expiration date and make sure you leave the U.S. in time. Our team of visa specialists supports you throughout your visa application journey. We ensure you’re well informed and prepared to face your visa challenges.

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