My mother in law are on visitor visa and planning to extend her stay for another 3 month.
1) I know we have to submit i -539 form but what are the supporting document need to be sent? 2) do i need the lawyer or i can apply by my self? 3) how much it would cost me if i hire lawyer?
Before answering your questions, kindly note that:
USCIS "California Service Center" hardly ever approves applications to "extend" "visitor" status, and that for the simple reason that it considers that "whatever purpose one had in visiting the US, 6 months is more than enough time to have attained that purpose".. And often proclaimed, during attorney liaison meetings at the CSC: "we do not believe in visitor's visa extensions" (unless for a medical or other "approvable" reason).
Consult with an attorney over Skype to properly strategize, before you cause the inevitable...
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visitor visa extensions are about an average 60% approval. Current processing is for I-539s filed Nov 2015. lawyer fees vary.
She can apply by herself, but she needs to documents the reasons why she wants to extend her B-2 status.
Mr. Shusterman's (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
1. Supoorting documents may include, but are not limited to, signed statement from your mother-in-law, explaining her need to extend her B-2 status for three months, copy of plane ticket showing her departure date from the U.S. in three months, I-134 Affidavit of Support signed by you or your spouse, with copy of your or your spouse's tax return, 2015 W-2 Form, and pay stubs for the last two months, showing your or your spouse's ability to provide for your mother-in-law's room and board for the next three months.
2. It is advisable to use the services of an immigration lawyer to help prepare an I-539 Application and supporting documentation.
3. Legal fees vary among different immigration lawyers and the particular facts of the case. You will have to contact individual immigration lawyers in order to see what kinds of fee quotes you receive.
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1) Supporting documents are unique to each case depending on the reason sought for the extension
2) either way it can be filed
3) Attorneys are not to discuss fees on this forum. Call a few attorneys and seek their quote directly.
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