How long can I stay with my ten-year visa?
I currently have a ten-year visa, and I want to take a trip to the United States soon. I have plans to visit several family members and to go sight-seeing. Can you tell me how long I can stay in the US on my ten-year visa?
When entering the United States on your visitor visa, only the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) immigration inspector at the port of entry can authorise or deny admission. This includes determining the maximum length of time you are authorised to stay in the United States.
Visitors are commonly granted up to six months to visit the US during a single visit, but the same cannot be said for all travellers.
It is highly recommended that you confirm the maximum length of stay you are authorised for each visit. You can do this by asking the immigration inspector when you enter. If you wish to remain in the US longer than the maximum length of time authorised by the DHS, you must request and receive approval for an extension of stay through the US Citizenship and Immigration Service.
Failure to file and receive approval prior to the expiration of your maximum length of visit could result in future issues, including a travel ban preventing entry to the United States.
It is highly recommended that you abide by the terms of your respective visa and never overstay the maximum length of time you are authorised.