My job just got terminated on an E-2 visa sponsored by my employer. The I-94 is still valid for two years. I know that I'm not allowed to work for any other employer and I'm not planning to do so, I also know that there is no official "grace period" for work visas. However I lived here for many years and I have to sell my car, leave my apartment etc. Is it ok for me to stay for a month before leaving the country? How is the USCIS notified about the employment termination date? I just want to make sure I don't overstay and have issue to obtain a new visa in the future. I want to do things right! Thank you in advance.
7-14 days will be "tolerated" by the US consulate and USCIS - enough time to "liquidate your affairs" and depart.
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Technically, you are out of status as of the moment that your E-2 employment ends. If you decide to remain in the U. S. after that time, you need to keep in mind that you will trigger a three year bar if you depart after 180 days after the E-2 status ends.
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