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    Visa Issue

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    Hello all,
    I entered the US a week ago to start clinical rotations in new york from toronto (I'm a canadian citizen) and when I crossed they told me that they would not give me a 1 yr visa because I didn't have a schedule of all my rotations (I had all other required documentation by the school) and said I would have to leave the US within 6 weeks. The immigration officer told me that I would need to bring letters from the hospitals I was rotating at specifying the dates that I would be rotating. Now I'm just wondering how I should proceed with this? Some people are telling me that there is way to extend it without leaving the country and others are saying to get a lawyer when I go to the border. ClinEd hasnt' told me anything of use either. Does anyone have any advice on what I should do? Thanks in advance

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    I'm in michigan... and you might even wanna cross the border at detroit because they're kinda familiar with what we have to do... but i did have a letter from my hospital stating the start and end dates of my rotations....

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    Those were general start and end dates... i.e. aug 15 2010 to sept 2010 so i got a year visa based on that...

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    ok thanks a lot. Do you know anything about getting the visa extended from within the US?

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    No sorry.

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    You don't need a lawyer, the B1 visa time limit is 6 months. Whether you get a 1 year depends on the immigration officer. Most border crossings are familiar with SGU students, I used to crossed @ Buffalo with no issues. Ask the clinical coordinator at your hospital for a letter stating the dates of your rotations. Check the USCIS website, there is a form you can send in to extend your visa. From what I remember, the fee is around $300 for processing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimjim View Post
    Hello all,
    I entered the US a week ago to start clinical rotations in new york from toronto (I'm a canadian citizen) and when I crossed they told me that they would not give me a 1 yr visa because I didn't have a schedule of all my rotations (I had all other required documentation by the school) and said I would have to leave the US within 6 weeks. The immigration officer told me that I would need to bring letters from the hospitals I was rotating at specifying the dates that I would be rotating. Now I'm just wondering how I should proceed with this? Some people are telling me that there is way to extend it without leaving the country and others are saying to get a lawyer when I go to the border. ClinEd hasnt' told me anything of use either. Does anyone have any advice on what I should do? Thanks in advance
    you don't need a lawyer, you just need to go back to the border with a list of your rotations that you can get from your clinical coordinator at your hospital....take a weekend and get it done, it's nigh impossible to do it from within the US. You just got a crappy border guard, next time ask to speak to their supervisor. If you were onyl stamped for 6 weeks, then yes, you will need to either be out of the country by then or have it renewed. Go to the border...

    Quote Originally Posted by MYung View Post
    You don't need a lawyer, the B1 visa time limit is 6 months. Whether you get a 1 year depends on the immigration officer. Most border crossings are familiar with SGU students, I used to crossed @ Buffalo with no issues. Ask the clinical coordinator at your hospital for a letter stating the dates of your rotations. Check the USCIS website, there is a form you can send in to extend your visa. From what I remember, the fee is around $300 for processing.
    Actually, the B1 visa time limit is whatever the border guard decides to stamp you for, it can be a max of 1 year. And yes, Buffalo is a pretty good place to do it at....and don't try and renew from within the US, it will take time and, as stated above, it will be really expensive....
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    ok thanks everyone! weekend trip back to the homeland it is!

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    Hey slimjim, I sent you a pm.

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