How do I extend L2 status? An L2 nonimmigrant visa is a dependent visa category available for the immediate family members, i.e., spouse and unmarried children (under the age of 21) of L1 visa holders who wish to enter the U.S. L2 visa holders can live in the United States for the entire length of time authorized in their spouses L1 visa. L2 visa holders are responsible to extend L2 status if their spouses L1 visa has expired, and they intend to continually live in the United States with their spouse. You may travel in and out of the U.S. on L2 visa as long as you maintain valid status, and the principal L visa holder maintains his or her status. You may attend school in the U.S. while on L2 status.Under U.S. immigration law, L2 visa holders can apply for work authorization upon entering the United States. L2 spouse of an L1 visa holder can obtain a general Employment Authorization. The employment authorization must be applied separately by the L2 spouse. The L2 child is not permitted to work.To extend your stay in the United States, you should file Form I539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, with USCIS before your visa expires. If you are unsure of your current departure date, check the date on Form I94, ArrivalDeparture Record, to find out how long you are allowed to stay in the country. USCIS recommend that you apply to extend your stay at least 45 days before your authorized stay expires, but the USCIS Service Center must receive your Form I539 application by the day your authorized stay expires.If an employer files a Form I129 to extend the status of L1 visa holder, and the L2 spouse and/or unmarried children under age 21 also want to extend L2 status, they will need to file a Form I539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. While the dependents of L1 cannot be included on USCIS Forms I129 they can all be included on one Form I539 to extend L2 status. After you have submitted Form I539 application to extend L2 status, USCIS will mail you a receipt. This receipt will provide a number assigned to track your Form I539 application, as well as the projected processing time. An extension of stay is not automatic. USCIS will look at your situation, your status, the reasons you want to extend L2 status, and will decide whether to grant your Form I539 application. If your application is received by USCIS before your status expires, and if you have not violated the terms of your status and meet the basic eligibility requirements, you may continue your previously approved activities in the United States (including previously authorized work) for a maximum period of 240 days, or until a decision is made by USCIS on your application or the reason for your requested extension has been accomplished.If your Form I539 application for an extension is approved, you will be issued a replacement I94 with a new departure date. *********************************************************
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