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My I-94 expires today and I got a new I-129 issued why hasn't my I-94 been updated? Do I have to leave the country today?

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My I-94 entry expires today. My employer applied for a new I-129 approval around a month ago under premium processing and it was recently issued. At the time my lawyer advised me that my I-94 would be updated by the USCIS once they grant the approval extension. I took counsel from other lawyers who seemed to agree with his opinion. But upon checking the I-94 website today I see that my I-94 is still marked for expiry today.

I am very nervous and want to know if I have to leave the country today. Kindly Help!

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Check the approval notice for an I-94 at the bottom right-hand corner. If so, then you are OK to stay.

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If you requested and USCIS granted an extension of your status, that means you are allowed to be in the U.S. If they granted the visa and denied an extension [or you never requested an extension on the I-129], then you are not in status.

The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an attorney to discuss your individual case.


You should follow the advice of your attorney. They have an intimate knowledge of you case.

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Your lawyer is in a far better position to answer this question than we are.

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So long as you have a pending application, you may legally stay in US while the underline visa expires per your I94. In other words, your previous status dies but you can ( only) stay until you get approval or rejection for new app.

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