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QUESTION: Are these possessions enough to grant an extension?
ANSWER: There is no way to know, with any sort of accuracy, if this is enough to be granted an extension. While it is important to show you have strong ties to your home country, once you're in the US requesting an extension, it is more important to explain why you require an extension. So the possessions are helpful, but your reason or purpose for requesting the extension is even more important.
QUESTION: What happens if it is pending/denied while I am in the States
ANSWER: Then you must leave the US immediately. And if 6 months have passed since the expiration of your prior status (August 2013), then you would have acquired 6 months of unlawful presence, and will be subject to a 3-year ban from entering the US.
QUESTION: What must my employer write on my employment letter- specifics?
ANSWER: Unfortunately, I am not allowed to give specifics about or templates for what to write. This is for your protection. What I am permitted to say is that your employer should provide assurances that you still have an offer of employment and that you are expected to return to work on a date certain; describe the position of employment, including salary and rate or pay; describe your history of employment with the employer, if any; and describe the importance of having you employed.
QUESTION: How must I word my reason for extending?
ANSWER: There is no specific way that you must word it. The most important thing is not the format, but the reasons for requesting the extension. If you have not gotten a chance to do all of the things you wanted to do when you first came to the US, then explain this. If you've decided to tour places that you did not initially intend to tour, then explain this. Spending more time with your boyfriend is not going to work - in fact it would likely be harmful to your request, since the US does not issue B1/B2 visas for the purpose of visiting a loved one, especially where it would create a risk that you would end up overstaying your status.
QUESTION: What are the chances of an approval?
ANSWER: There are no published numbers about the chances or percentages of those who are approved. Each case is reviewed on a case by case basis, spending on the basis for the request. Requests seeking extensions for the purpose of further exploration and tourism of the US are generally approved at a high rate. But a request for an extension to spend more time with your boyfriend will likely not be approved, as those situations tend to indicate that you are at risk of overstaying your status, or otherwise being sponsored for a green card through marriage.
QUESTION: I was here previously- 2 years ago- on a J1 visa does this effect anything?
ANSWER: No, not necessarily. Unless the USCIS starts to grown concerned that you are using non-immigrant visa statuses to reside in the US.
If you intend to get married to this boyfriend in the future, and you did not enter the US with the B1/B2 visitor visa with the intent to get married and stay in the US, then you qualify for adjustment of status to permanent resident once you get married. You might consider this, if you think you will eventually immigrate anyway. While a visitor is not allowed to have this intent when they enter the US, if their intent changes once they are in the US, then they can do this. If that is something you are considering, I would not apply for an extension of status. That would be a sure way to be denied, if you use that reason for your request.
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