I have an L-1 visa in my passport which was approved in September 2010, and states that the "expiration date" is September 23, 2013 (for three years). However, I was not "admitted" until January 2012, and the my I-94 explicitly states "admitted in class L-1 until January 2015." Am I still in status as of today?
Visa allows an entry into the U.S. I-94 gives permission to enter and approves on how long you can stay. If your I-94 states until XXX date, then you will be in status until that date. Therefore, absent other immigration issues, you are in status.
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Your I-94 is controlling - not the date on your visa as it was extended by the I-94. You get it extended by going back to your country and getting a new stamping before the I-94 expires or seek an extension stateside before that date.
Yes the i94 prevails over the visa. The dates on your actual visa are the deadline by which you must come into the USA
Your visa simply lets you come to the United States to apply to enter at the port of entry. Your visa does not control the length of your stay. The period for which you can stay was determined when you were admitted to the United States. You will find that information on the Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Record. Contact an immigration attorney when you are ready to extend your non-immigrant status.
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