I have been Googling, but keep getting mixed answers. Some have said 182 days within 12 months. Others have said 6 consecutive months every time you enter the States. Does it all end up being dependent on the border agent?
I was in Texas visiting my fiance from February 25, 2020 to June 13, 2020. The I-94 that I was given stated that I must leave by August 24, 2020. I counted and that was exactly 182 days. However, I had been in the states for about 10 days in January 2020 and 3 days in September 2019. This is why I am confused. If we are only allowed 182 days, then wouldn't my date to leave by 182 minus however many days I was in the country in the past 12 months?
I am trying to plan another long trip like the one I had earlier this year, but I'm not quite sure how long I can actually stay. I will be flying down again in September for a week and a half. After that trip, I will have been in the USA for 122 days (if we start counting from Feb 25, 2020). Therefore, from my understanding, I will only be allowed another 60 days. I did the math and 60 days prior to February 24th 2021 (12 months after I arrived) is December 26, 2020. I am wondering if I enter the states in January, will I be able to be there for 60 days, and then another 182 after February 24th, 2021? Or will I still only be allowed 6 months?
I apologize if this post is all over the place. I'm just trying to spend as much time with my fiance as I am allowed to without jeopardizing my chances of living in the States legally. He lived here in Canada with me for about a year and a half but ended up getting a really great job opportunity back at home so he took it and we applied for the K1 visa (we got engaged before we knew he was moving back). We were in a long distance relationship before, but didn't realize how much harder it would be the second time around, especially considering the current conditions.
Hope someone can help! We are considering talking to a lawyer but I thought it may be helpful to see if we can get some information from people in the same situation first.