When arriving in the US, the passport control gave me an "Admitted" stamp with class "WT until 04 may 2017". However I have a (J-1) visa until June.
Can this become a problem, or is the stamp unimportant as long as I have the visa?
Update: I emailed the [email protected] address from the 'DEFERRED INSPECTION SITES' list. They asked me for
- Copy of the Passport biographical page
- Copy of the United States Visa
- Copy of the Admission stamp in your passport
- Boarding pass or flight information
- Address in the United States
- Copy of your DS 2019
I sent that to them, and today they replied that
After further review, our records indicate that you were admitted properly. This was not an error, therefore no correction can be made.
I'm not sure if they mean that I was actually J1 admitted, or that admitting me with WB status was the proper thing to do. The i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/ website still tells me that my status is WB and I have to exit in May. I have written back for clarifications, so that is all very exciting.
Update 2: I received the following clarification:
The class of admission and admit until date indicated on your electronic I-94 record is correct.
You presented yourself as a Visa Waiver Program applicant and utilized the Automated Passport Control kiosk on your last entry into the United States.
I suppose this means, that the admission is not considered 'a mistake' on the part of the inspection site, and thus it cannot be corrected.
I wonder if there is a better word to use. For now I have replied if they can help me with "changing" i94 status.
Update 3: Houston never replied to my last email, but I got in contact with my host organization (University of Texas), which perhaps is where my focus should have been from the beginning. The University called up Austin-Bergstrom Airport and arranged for me to see an officer there. The officer quickly changed my status and gave me a new stamp. But! Paranoid as I have learned to be, I checked the electronical i94 record, and it wrongly still had "Admitted until may" rather than (as in the stamp) "Status until D/s". So I went back to the officer and she corrected it again.
Thus, I believe everything to be good now, but I'll still see the international office of the University again this afternoon, so they can double check.
I'll probably take away the following lessons: Don't use the kiosk if you have a visa; Don't trust anything before you have found wifi in the airport and checked your i94; Get in contact with your host organization; and Stack Exchange is great. Thanks everyone!