Common Immigration Mistake: Missing the Application Window

Missing the Application Window

Hello, my name is Hana Boston and I’m an immigration attorney at

Today I’m going to talk about one common mistake many people make when preparing their immigration application — missing your application window to renew.

If you’re applying to renew or extend your immigration benefit be sure to apply before your current status expires.

Immigration applications sometimes take months or even years to process. Losing your status while your application is pending could result in you having no legal immigration status for a period of time. It’s illegal to be living in the U.S. without a valid immigration status and the longer you do it, the more penalties there are.

You could be forced to leave the U.S. and depending how long you are here without status, you could be forced to stay out of the country for three years or even longer.

The application instructions will tell you how early you can apply. It’s best practice to apply as early as possible.

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