Zainab Boxwala and Chelsea Zuzindlak are dedicated legal practitioners whose personal experiences make them keenly aware of the immigration predicaments faced by those who want to live and work freely in the United States.
A visa and status are not the same. Many foreign nationals confuse the two believing that the visa document initially confers them status and that their status expires at the same time as their visa. A foreign national’s confusion about status can lead to her overstaying her period of authorized stay in the United States, subjecting her to severe penalties if her overstay exceeds 180 days. Read more to learn the difference between visa and status, and the three different documents that control a foreign national’s ability to remain temporarily in the United States.