A Project Has Taken Longer Than Expected
In spite of careful planning of an event, film or television project, unforeseen
occurrences can cause a delay and lengthen the time to completion. The
inability to wrap up a project because of needed time to procure additional
funding, a natural disaster, personnel problems, or a variety of other
issues can stretch the project beyond on the schedule. In the midst of
the pressure to conclude your activities, do not ignore the expiration
date on your O-1 visa.
It is possible to apply for an extension and give you the valuable added
time necessary to complete your work. The stated start of employment and
end date is the valid period one can lawfully work. There is a grace period
of 10 days before and 10 days after the valid period but the beneficiary
cannot work during those times. The process to extend a stay is filing
of Form I-129, copy of the beneficiary's Form I-94 (the arrival/departure
record), and a statement from the petitioner with an explanation for the
reason for the extension (Form I-539 for spouse and children). The USCIS
makes the determination on the time necessary for completion and figures
it in increments of up to 1 year.
Make sure your supporting documents are in order and your filing is timely
and accurate. The
Law Offices of Michael M. Felix can help you with the entire application for extension of stay.