Im a german and im in the states for 1 year to work as a volunteer. my 1year B1 visa is going to expire next year February 2016. But before I go back to Germany, i would like to visit my family in California for a few weeks.
Can I travel to Canada and come back to get a normal tourist visa for 3 months? Some say it doesnt work with Canada.
KristineI meant into the "United States" :)
Unfortunately those "some" were right. A departure to the neighboring country of Canada does not count as a "meaningful departure" for new admission purposes, unless you remain in Canada (or Mexico) for 30 days or more and then seek to be readmitted. Otherwise, under the "contiguous territory" doctrine, your current I-94 (which you should download and print from www.cbp.gov/i94) will be "automatically re-validated", and nothing more. For what you are seeking to achieve, it will be best for you to fly for 4-5 days to either Costa Rica or Panama, then come back.
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You may file from within the U.S. to extend and change your status (prior to your current expiration) - or travel to a non-contiguous country and then re-enter the U.S. Please consult with counsel so that counsel may review the facts and circumstances specific to your case in order to provide individualized advice.
Why not just change of status in USA before your current visa expires? That way, you keep it simple and do not need to go anywhere,
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