I try to gather information about the initial length of stay with a B-2 Visa. I'm getting conflicting information.
People admitted to the United States on a B2 Tourist Visa are usually issued a 6-month stay. The maximum length of stay for visitor visa holders is 6 months. immigration.terra.com
Also this one:
The maximum duration of stay on a B1/B2 visa is 6 months. immihelp.com
And on the other hand there is:
You may be granted a duration of stay up to a period of one year hooyou.co
Which references the following law:
Any B-1 visitor for business or B-2 visitor for pleasure may be admitted for not more than one year and may be granted extensions of temporary stay in increments of not more than six months each, (8 CFR § 214.2(b)(1) law.cornell.edu
While it seems obvious, the law quoted says you may be allowed to stay up to one year. But where comes the 6 months from? I guess it must be at least common practice to get 6 month, because this information is all over the internet.
So my next guess would be that the immigration officer is allowed to admit you more then 6 month of initial stay.
My situation is that I plan to hike the Appalachian Trail. An activity that is going to take about 6 month. I don't want to face my self in the situation where I almost hiked all of the Appalachian Trail, but had to stop, because my stay permit expired. I know there is the option to apply for extension. And I researched that the best thing to do, would be to visit Washington from Harpers Ferry. But I really would like to avoid the hassle!
So my question is, what do I need to do, say or ask for, to get admitted for a stay longer than six month? Also I will travel together with my girlfriend. What are the chances, that we get admitted to different lengths?