Temporary Worker Authorized Stay

Visa Class

Authorized Stay

Extension of Authorized Stay Available

E-1
Two (2) years Up to 2 years per extension. No maximum number of extensions, with some exceptions.
E-2
Two (2) years Up to 2 years per extension. No maximum number of extensions, with some exceptions.
H-1B1
Up to 3 years Increment of up to 3 years. Total stay limited to 6 years.
H-1B2
Up to 3 years Increment of up to 3 years. Total stay limited to 6 years, with some exceptions.
H-1C
Up to 3 years Total stay limited to 3 years.
H-2A and H-2B
Same as validity of labor certification, with maximum of 1 year. Same as validity of labor certification (increments of up to 1 year). Total stay limited to 3 years.
H-3
Special Education Training-up to 18 months.
Other Trainee-up to 2 years
Special Education Trainee-total stay limited to 18 months.
Other Trainee-total stay limited to 2 years.
L-1A
Coming to existing office-up to 3 years.
Coming to new office-up to 1 year.
Increments of up to 2 years. Total stay limited to 7 years.
L-1B
Coming to existing office-up to 3 years.
Coming to new office-up to 1 year
One increment of up to 2 years. Total stay limited to 5 years.
O-1 and O-2
Up to 3 years Increments of up to 1 year
P-1, P-2, P-3 and their support personnel
Individual athlete-up to 5 years.
Athletic groups and Entertainment groups-up to 1 year.
Individual athlete-Increments of up to 5 years. Total stay limited to 10 years.
Athletic groups and entertainment groups-Increments of 1 year.
Q-1
 
Up to 15 months.  Total stay limited to 15 months
(Note: definition of each class of visa should display once only per chart)
R-1 and R-2
Up to 3 years Increments of up to 2 years. Total stay limited to 5 years.
All other
Up to 1 year Increments of up to 1 year

Chart taken from INS Website, Temporary Workers <http://www.ins.gov/graphics/services/tempbenefits/tempworker.htm>.

 

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