South African, in USA on 8month internship. Didn't realise I could only stay 6 mnths at a time,now 2 wks over that. What 2 do?!

Asked over 2 years ago - Sophia, NC

I applied for a US visa in December 2011, was granted a 10 year multiple entry visa. At my application interview, I informed them that I was going to be in States for an 8 month internship, so when I was granted the visa I assumed that it would be alright for me to stay the full 8 months. I had a strange feeling about it last wk though, & after some online search I discovered that I am only allowed to stay for 6 months at a time (unless I'd applied for an extension of stay) - I wish I had been properly informed of that earlier. The stamp in my passport (with date of entry) has a blank for date I should exit by,has not been filled in. Who do I contact? Immigration? Customs and Border Protection? Return flight is 22 Sept, when internship ends. Can't afford to purchase another flight. Advice?

Attorney answers (3)

  1. F. J. Capriotti III

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Your facts are a bit confusing .. What visa class were you admitted under? What is your 'until' date?
    Both are on the white I-94 form that was placed into your passport upon arrival.

    If you want to contact anyone, contact an attorney ... NOT a government agency.

    FORMER IMMIGRATION LAW PROFESSOR -- LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This answer is offered for informational purposes only. It... more
  2. Marc Richmond Amos

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    Contributor Level 10

    Answered . Review your case with an attorney.

  3. J Charles Ferrari

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . I agree with my colleagues.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more

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