What is a U.S. visa overstay?
What is a U.S. visa overstay? If an individual stays in the U.S. longer than the visa allowed them to stay, that is considered an overstay. This can be overstaying once you reach the expiration date or if you no longer fall under one of the categories for the “duration of status” admission. Once the program or activity ends that granted you the “D/S” admission, you will be overstaying if you stay in the U.S. for a longer period of time.
Nonetheless, while it is common for individuals to overstay past the expiration date on the admission stamp or Form I-94 or after the “D/S” status ends, you should be aware of the penalties that may arise if you overstay without an extension.
Should I renew my visa? Your visa is crucial for entry into the U.S. However, if your visa expires while you are already in the U.S., then you will be able to remain in the U.S. throughout the authorized stay based on the admission stamp or Form I-94.
If you want to renew your visa, you will have to go through the entire visa application process again.