Once Coronavirus was declared a pandemic in March 2020, international borders were closed, travel restricted to and from many countries and people were stranded where they were at the time. This included several visitors on B2 visitor visas who are in the US since then.

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For those who were unable to leave the US per their scheduled departure date on their I-94, have to request for an extension of their stay.

Traveling is beginning to open up however, the pandemic is still on. If you are planning to travel, it is important you know how to stay safe on your travels.

While overstaying your visa is discouraged, getting an extension done on your visa is the right thing to do. Moreover, for peace of mind, always ensure you have an effective visitors insurance that has Covid-19 coverage

Following is a template for a sample letter requesting a visitor visa or tourist visa extension. This template can be modified to each applicants specific requirement and submitted to USCIS along with Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.

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Please note the send address will vary. You can either file your physical application at a USCIS LockBox or mail it to one of the USCIS addresses.



[Date]

USCIS
ATTN: I-539
2501 S. State Highway 121
Business Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067

RE: Extension of B2 Visitor Visa Status

Dear Sir or Madam,

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and consequent border closings and travel restrictions, I am unable to return to my home country as per the scheduled date of departure. As a result, I am having to request an extension of stay on my B2 visitor visa.

I am herewith, enclosing a completely filled out Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Non-immigrant Status with all supporting documents for extending my non-immigrant status in the US.

Current visa valid until: [Date]
Extension requested for: [x] months
USCIS Account No.: [x]

Attached Documents include:

  • Copy of I-94 Arrival/Departure Record, valid through [date].
  • Copy of valid passport and visa pages.
  • Copy of current return airline tickets
  • Copy of new return airline tickets
  • Affidavit of Support (Form I-134),
  • Bank & other financial records

Given the current pandemic conditions, I request you to extend my B2 visitor visa until [New Date of Departure] after which, I will promptly depart the United States of America.

Sincerely,

_______________________

[Applicant's name]
[Applicant's US Address][Applicant's USCIS Account No.]





Disclaimer: This sample is provided for your convenience and reference purpose only.

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