B1/B2 Visitor Visa Extension Reasons: The B1/B2 visitor visa typically allows you to stay in the US for up to six months, or sometimes less. However, there may be situations when you need to extend your B1/B2 visitor visa to stay beyond 6 or even 12 months.
Table of Contents: B2 Visitor Visa Extension Reasons
In this post, I will explain the process of extending your B1/B2 visitor visa, including the number of times you can extend it, common reasons for extension, the possibility of extending a visitor visa beyond 6 months, the average processing time for extensions, and key considerations for a successful extension.
Renew B1/B2 Visa
If you are seeking a B1/B2 visa extension after 10 years or you want to renew your B1/B2 visa, the process is almost similar to applying for a new B2 visa, which you can refer to below.
Related: How to apply for a B2 visa?
B2 Visa Extension
The first question that might arise in your mind is how many times a B2 visa can be extended after 6 months of authorized stay, or if it's even possible to do so. The answer is there is no specific limit on the number of times you can extend your B1/B2 visa.
However, it is essential to note that each extension request is evaluated individually, and you must provide a valid reason for needing an extension.
Irrespective of the fact of how many times you request an extension, personally, I have not seen any B2 visa going beyond the stay of 12 months. That being said it's not impossible to extend beyond 12 months but you would need a solid reason for that.
Related: B2 visa maximum length of stay
Visitor Visa Extension Reasons
Typical reasons for extending a B1/B2 visitor visa include medical treatment, attending family events or functions, continuing tourism, coping with natural disasters like COVID-19, etc.
Medical treatment: If you require ongoing medical treatment that cannot be completed within the initially approved stay then you can request for B2 visa extension. You would need a letter from the doctor as a supporting document for form I-539 to make your case stronger. Don't worry about form I-539, it is used for requesting a B2 visa extension which I will explain shortly.
Family events: If there are important family events or celebrations, such as weddings or graduations, that require your presence, you can also request a B2 visa extension. Sharing the date and venue of the event will strengthen your case, and having an invitation card as proof is even better.
Tourism: If you were unable to explore all the intended attractions due to unforeseen circumstances, you can request a B2 visa extension. In the case of requesting an extension for your parents' B2 visa, you can mention their limited physical mobility, which resulted in a longer stay than initially anticipated. Supporting documents, such as your travel itinerary, bookings, and return air tickets, would help your request.
Unexpected events: If you experience unexpected delays or disruptions in your travel plans, such as a natural disaster or flight cancellations, you can request a B2 visa extension. This applied to situations like COVID.
B2 Visa Extension Sample Letter (Medical)
[City, State, ZIP]
[USCIS Service Center Address]
[City, State, ZIP]
Subject: Request for B2 Visa Extension for Medical Treatment
I am writing to request an extension of my B2 visitor visa to receive ongoing medical treatment in the United States. I am currently in the United States on a valid B2 visa, which is set to expire on [visa expiration date].
I have been undergoing medical treatment for a serious health condition at [name of medical facility] under the care of [name of attending physician]. The treatment plan, as recommended by my healthcare provider, requires an extended duration beyond my original authorized stay.
I kindly request your favorable consideration of my application for a B2 visa extension. I am attaching the following supporting documents:
Detailed medical reports and documentation outlining the nature of my medical condition and the necessity for continued treatment.
A letter from my attending physician, [physician's name], explaining the need for ongoing medical care and the anticipated duration of treatment.
Financial records to demonstrate my ability to cover the cost of the extended stay, including medical expenses, accommodation, and other necessary expenses.
Copy of my valid passport, Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record), and current B2 visa.
Any additional supporting documents as deemed necessary.
I assure you that I will strictly adhere to the laws and regulations governing my stay in the United States. I understand that the purpose of my visit is solely for medical treatment, and I will not engage in any unauthorized activities during my extended stay.
I kindly request your prompt attention to this matter as my medical treatment is time-sensitive. If there are any further documents or information required, please do not hesitate to contact me at [your contact number] or [your email address].
Thank you for considering my request. Your understanding and assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
B2 Visa Extension Sample Letter (Tourism)
[City, State, ZIP Code]