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Expired M-1 visa and I-20. Valid I-94

Los Angeles, CA |

A friend came to L.A. on M-1 visa last year March. She wanted to take more courses from the school so she requested a extension on her visa. The school then gave her the I-539 form. But before she could hand in the form. She was told she doesn't have to fill up the I-539 because her I-94 expires this year. However, her I-20 and visa has expired last year July. She is leaving real soon. She is leaving a few days before her I-94 expires. Her course ended like 5 months ago. She has been living here cos she thought she was allow to stay until her I-94 expires but someone just told her recently that she can't. She is really worried now. What will happen to her at the airport? Will anything happen to her?

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  1. She won't be given a hard time when she leaves ... but, she may have difficulty coming back to the US.

    There is something 'wrong' with your facts. How did she get an I-94 that was valid beyond her other documents?

    Meet with an immigration lawyer.

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  2. I agree with my colleague.

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