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Extension of Status

Extensions of stay can be requested for up to a maximum of three years, but there is no minimum amount of time that the H-1B authorization must be extended. As is the case with an initial H-1B request, funding should be a consideration when determining the length of time requested for an H-1B extension.

The procedure for requesting an extension of stay is basically identical to filing a new petition but not as much documentation is required for the extension. Extension requests may be filed up to six months in advance of the employee’s current expiration date.