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Hello, I am a US citizen living in NY and I met my boyfriend while traveling in Belgium. He is now with me living at my home in NY on a vacation visa expiring December 21st, 2010(he arrived September 21, 2010). Is it possible to extend his vacation visa? If so, how can we do this? I also heard it is possible for us to go to Canada for 72 hours (we live close to the border) and that when he comes back into the US he will get another 90 day green card. Is this true?

Thank you so much!

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Hi,

It appears that entry was made on the visa waiver program. If so, extension of stay is not possible in the U.S. beyond 90 days.

A short trip to Canada or Mexico and then attempted entry again to the U.S. on visa waiver program is likely to result in questions at the port-of-entry, and entry may be denied. A longer trip to Canada or Mexico prior to making another entry attempt into the U.S. on visa waiver program is more likely to be successful. The following link is helpful: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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