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Holders of a business or tourist visa can stay in the US even after its expiration: how to do it

People who came to the US on a business or tourist visa - B-1, B-2 - can apply for a new job and even go to interviews. But you need to make sure that applicants change their visa status before starting work in a new position. The edition told in more detail NDTV.

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In a series of tweets, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said that when laid off, such employees may not be aware of their capabilities and in some cases mistakenly believe that they have no choice but to leave the country within 60 days.

The maximum 60-day grace period begins the day after the end of employment, which is usually determined based on the last day for which wages are paid.

On the subject: What to do if you are in the US on a work visa and suddenly lose your job

When employment ceases, either voluntarily or involuntarily, a person can usually take one of several actions to remain for the period of authorized stay in the United States.

These include: apply for a status change; apply for a document authorizing employment due to "force majeure"; become the beneficiary of a petition to change employer.

"If one of these actions occurs during the 60-day grace period, the non-immigrant's authorized stay in the United States may exceed 60 days, even if he lost his previous status," USCIS said.

If the worker fails to take action within the grace period, then the worker and his dependents will have to leave the US within 60 days or when the permit expires (whichever is shorter).

“Many people ask if they can look for a new job while in B-1 or B-2 status. Answer: yes. Finding a job and interviewing for a position are acceptable activities in B-1 or B-2 status,” the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a series of tweets.

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At the same time, USCIS said that before starting any new job, it is necessary to approve the petition and request to change the status from B-1 or B-2 to the status required for the new job, and the new status should take effect.

“If a request to change status is denied, or a petition for a new job requires a consular notice or port of entry notice, the person must leave the United States and re-enter before starting a new job,” USCIS explained.

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