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Girlfriend F-1 (I-20) one month extension. Please Help

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Hi everybody, hope all is well. Here is my question. My girlfriend is from Germany and is currently studying here in Hartford, CT. When we planned the visit we had assumed her stay until August would be fine. Her I-20 expires at the end of May. So now she may have to leave by the end of July. Does anyone know how we may file for an extension. Her classes end May 7th.

Is it as simple as filing for the i-539?

Please help, thank you all so much in advance.

Kind regards, Rick

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Is she graduating in May? She can't file for an extension for no reason - if the needs to extend for an extra semester to finish her classes, she can do that, but if she is graduating and done with her studies, she has no basis for extending her I-20. If she is graduating, she can always apply for OPT which will buy her another 12 months in the US, if she can find someone willing to hire her in the field she graduated from.


Adjustment of Status from F-1 to Legal Permanent Resident

02/11/2011 Married at Manhattan City Hall

03/03/2011 - Day 0 - AOS -package mailed to Chicago Lockbox

03/04/2011 - Day 1 - AOS -package signed for at USCIS

03/09/2011 - Day 6 - E-mail notification received for all petitions

03/10/2011 - Day 7 - Checks cashed

03/11/2011 - Day 8 - NOA 1 received for all 4 forms

03/21/2011 - Day 18 - Biometrics letter received, biometrics scheduled for 04/14/2011

03/31/2011 - Day 28 - Successful walk-in biometrics done

05/12/2011 - Day 70 - EAD Arrived, issued on 05/02

06/14/2011 - Day 103 - E-mail notice: Interview letter mailed, interview scheduled for July 20th

07/20/2011 - Day 139 - Interview at Federal Plaza USCIS location

07/22/2011 - Day 141 - E-mail approval notice received (Card production)

07/27/2011 - Day 146 - 2nd Card Production Email received

07/28/2011 - Day 147 - Post-Decision Activity Email from USCIS

08/04/2011 - Day 154 - Husband returns home from abroad; Welcome Letter and GC have arrived in the mail

("Resident since" date on the GC is 07/20/2011

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Filed: Timeline

Is she graduating in May? She can't file for an extension for no reason - if the needs to extend for an extra semester to finish her classes, she can do that, but if she is graduating and done with her studies, she has no basis for extending her I-20. If she is graduating, she can always apply for OPT which will buy her another 12 months in the US, if she can find someone willing to hire her in the field she graduated from.

Thank you for the response. Well here's the thing, I don't know if she necessarily NEEDS to extend the I-20.. My goal is simply to have her stay until the end of August. Can she just file for a different kind of Visa?

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No. Visas are not issued in the US, they are issued via US embassies and consulates abroad. She cannot just switch to another visa in the US. Technically, she could leave the US and go to Canada (or anywhere else outside the US), file the ESTA online, and if approved, re-enter under Visa Waiver Program, i.e. as tourist, and stay for up to 90 additional days. However, given that she has just been studying here and lived here for an extensive period of time, if she were to leave the country for a few days and attempt to re-enter as tourist, there is a pretty good chance of her being denied entry.


Adjustment of Status from F-1 to Legal Permanent Resident

02/11/2011 Married at Manhattan City Hall

03/03/2011 - Day 0 - AOS -package mailed to Chicago Lockbox

03/04/2011 - Day 1 - AOS -package signed for at USCIS

03/09/2011 - Day 6 - E-mail notification received for all petitions

03/10/2011 - Day 7 - Checks cashed

03/11/2011 - Day 8 - NOA 1 received for all 4 forms

03/21/2011 - Day 18 - Biometrics letter received, biometrics scheduled for 04/14/2011

03/31/2011 - Day 28 - Successful walk-in biometrics done

05/12/2011 - Day 70 - EAD Arrived, issued on 05/02

06/14/2011 - Day 103 - E-mail notice: Interview letter mailed, interview scheduled for July 20th

07/20/2011 - Day 139 - Interview at Federal Plaza USCIS location

07/22/2011 - Day 141 - E-mail approval notice received (Card production)

07/27/2011 - Day 146 - 2nd Card Production Email received

07/28/2011 - Day 147 - Post-Decision Activity Email from USCIS

08/04/2011 - Day 154 - Husband returns home from abroad; Welcome Letter and GC have arrived in the mail

("Resident since" date on the GC is 07/20/2011

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