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QUESTION: My dad has a B-2 visitor visa that is valid for 10 years. He received the visa in 2015. He came to visit me and was allowed to stay for 6 months. But before the end of the 6 months he applied for an extension, asking to be able to stay for another 6 months. The application for the extension was denied and he went back to Morocco after we received the denial. Now I want him to come back to USA. Will he have trouble coming to the US on his visa?
THE IMMIGRATION ANSWER MAN – ARI SAUER: Unfortunately, under INA Section 222(g), if someone stays in the US past the expiration date on their I-94, their visa automatically becomes revoked. Where a timely and nonfrivolous application for extension of status or change of status is filed, the applicant will be considered to be in an authorized period of stay while the application is pending, and therefore a Section 222(g) revocation of the visa would not be triggered while the application is pending. However, where the application is denied, the authorized period of stay ends on the day of the denial. Therefore, if the application for extension of status or change of status is denied after the expiration date on the original I-94, and the applicant does not leave the US until after the application for extension of status or change of status is denied, then Section 222(g) applies. The person’s visa is automatically revoked. In such a situation, the person is required to apply for, and obtain, a new visa at the US consular post abroad before they can return to the US. Also, in such a situation, if the person remained in the US 180 days or more past the date that their application for extension of status or change of status was denied, they may be subject to a 3-year bar from being able to obtain a new visa under INA Section 212(a)(9)(B) (it would be a 10-year bar if they stayed in the US 365 days beyond the date of the denial).
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Published 12/18/17 by attorney Ari Sauer.
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