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I’m an E-3 visa holder and I usually go back to Australia to extend my visa.
Given the COVID-19 travel restrictions, how do I extend my immigration status from inside the U.S.?
— Aussie Programmer
Thanks for your question. The extension process from inside the U.S. is similar for you and anyone on a working visa, such as H-1B, H-1B1 (from Chile or Singapore) or TN (from Canada or Mexico). You might be used to traveling back home, or to Canada, to renew your visa. However, there’s another way to do it.