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NishanthM

My I94 renewal experience while having valid I797 and visa

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After realizing my I94 has been expired, I called multiple CBP offices and requested for I94 renewal. Everyone suggested me to cross the border and come back.  Since I did not want to jeopardize my visa status, I filed I-539 (costly - 470$) not to have any gap (out of status period).  I checked with USCIS if I can stay here with I-539 receipt to which they responded "Yes" and they also mentioned it is gonna take approx 6 months for them to issue a new I94.  Today, I came to Laredo, TX (Mexico border) and explained CBP that my I94 is expired on 22nd June.  They were easy on me and asked me to cross the border and come back without having to enter Mexico.  While entering back to US, they've asked my I797 and stamped visa.  Immediately, I could see the new I94 dates reflecting on the I94 official portal.  

I'm about to withdraw my I-539 as there is no use of it now. 

Note: CBP is considering these kind of cases because of COVID situation.

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