Visa question, J1, being able to stay in USA
No, not unless you apply to change your status to B-2 visitor.
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No, you are supposed to leave. You are considered out of status (which not good), but not an overstay (which is worse) unless USCIS makes a decision to deny a change of status. However, this may complicate matters for future visas unless you depart within a reasonable time.
If you have concerns, consult with a competent and experienced immigration attorney.
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