I am currently working in the U.S on a H2B visa but I want to stay a couple of weeks longer than what my visa allows. I have a current valid ESTA, can I just stay in the country or must I leave the country first? For example, I fly from my location here in San Francisco to Mexico and then fly to Texas (my destination).

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  • Leaving and entering almost certainly works. You can also apply to USCIS to change your nonimmigrant status without leaving the country. The cost of doing this IIRC is fairly high. – phoog Nov 8 '15 at 5:32
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    Are the "couple of weeks" for continuing your work? Is it the H-2B visa or your immigration status that expires, or both? – Henning Makholm Nov 8 '15 at 22:12
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    @CGCampbell: A visa has nothing to do with permission to stay in the US. A visa is only for entry. It's the status and duration of the I-94 that determines ability to stay in the US. – user102008 Nov 11 '15 at 23:54