- Case Status
- After the Interview
Entering the United States
A visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (i.e. – an airport) and request permission to enter the United States. However, a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the port-of-entry have authority to permit or deny your admission to the United States. If the CBP official permits you to enter the United States, he or she will provide an admission stamp or a paper Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record. Learn more about admissions, entry requirements, and restrictions about bringing food, agricultural products, and other restricted/prohibited goods by reviewing the CBP website.
Extending Your Stay
See Extend Your Stay on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website to learn more about requesting to extend your stay beyond the date indicated on your admission stamp or paper Form I-94.
You must leave the United States on or before the date indicated on your admission stamp or paper Form I-94, unless USCIS approves your request to extend your stay. Failure to depart the United States on time may also result in your ineligibility from receiving a visa in the future. Review Visa Denials and Ineligibilities and Waivers: Laws to learn more.
Change of Status
While in the United States, you may request that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) change your nonimmigrant status to another nonimmigrant category. See Change My Nonimmigrant Status on the USCIS website to learn more.
Requesting a change of status from USCIS while you are in the United States and before your authorized stay expires does not require that you apply for a new visa. However, if you cannot remain in the United States while USCIS processes your change of status request, you must apply for a visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Visitors are not permitted to accept employment or work in the United States.
We cannot guarantee that you will be issued a visa. Kindly refrain from making final travel plans or buying tickets until you have a visa.
Unless canceled or revoked, a visa is valid until its expiration date. Therefore, a valid U.S. visa in an expired passport is still acceptable. If you have a valid visa in your expired passport, do not remove it from your expired passport. You may use your valid visa in your expired passport along with a new valid passport for travel and admission to the United States.