What is the legal way to get an extension with my J-1 visa or the legal way to get a work permit and stay in the US?

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What is the legal way to get an extension with my J-1 visa or the legal way to get a work permit and stay in the US?

Asked on July 13, 2013 under Immigration Law, Wisconsin

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SB, Member, California / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If your J-1 program allows for an extension, you can try to extend through them.  YOu will have to inquire with the program directly to see what the possibilities are.  As far as a work permit, there is no thing as just a work permit on its own.  It has to be tied to something, either an employment-based nonimmigrant visa petition, filed by the petitioning employer on your behalf on the basis of a valid job offer, which is approved.  Another possibility is an immigrant visa petition, filed by either a qualifying family relation or an employer, that is approved and that allows you to adjust status to permanent residence, which would allow for receipt of an interim employment authorization.


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