Not really an immigration question, My friend has an E.S.T.A. she wants to extend her stay. Is there any way to make

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Customer: Not really an immigration question, My friend has an E.S.T.A. she wants to extend her stay. Is there any way to make that happen?
JA: What steps has your friend taken? Has she filed any paperwork with the U.S. government?
Customer: Just beginning the journey
JA: Has she talked to a lawyer about this?
Customer: No
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: I don't think so.
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Welcome and thank you for using Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I'm the attorney who will be assisting with your legal question. So I can best help, for what purpose does she wish to stay?

Customer
She wants to stay to study to become more familiar with the customs of the United States and learn about life here first hand.
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Are you there?
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I'm leaving.
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To learn more about life in the US firsthand
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Apologies, I'm here!

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So sorry, it takes it a second to update sometimes.

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I understand
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She could apply for an F-1, to study in the US at a program. There is no way to extend the ESTA, so she'd essentially need to seek a new visa status. She could also apply for a B2, which is a tourist visa to just travel.

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Did my last response not go through?

  • She could apply for an F-1, to study in the US at a program. There is no way to extend the ESTA, so she'd essentially need to seek a new visa status. She could also apply for a B2, which is a tourist visa to just travel.
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Can that be done from an ESTA?
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Eanderson032, Expert

It can it's a change of status, although to be honest, it's faster done from her home county.

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Can it be done while she's here on an ESTA?
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Eanderson032, Expert

Apologies, with the ESTA, she'd have to apply for the F-1 directly You can't do it as a change of status since ESTA is a waiver not a visa. With ESTA, it also risks an overstay.

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Can the application be done while she's here in the USA?
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Eanderson032, Expert

She'd have to exit to apply.

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If I can help further, please let me know.

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