covid 19 – Extend USA B2 Tourist Visa (for My Mother) stay under COVID19 + Flight ban situation

My Mother (63 yrs) is currently visiting me from India on B2 visa.
Now her I94 is valid till Sept 15 this year (visa is 10 yrs). Due to COVID19 India has flight ban imposed, and till now we dont have dates when the flights are going to resume. So I can see there is an option for requesting stay extension by filing a I539 with documents supported and I131 as I (son) will be her sponsor for stay and all expenses. We are looking for a stay request extension for max couple of months.
Now the questions are –

  1. How long it takes to get a decision (approval or rejection) in such cases ?
  2. What is the best time to file the extension request considering we have still 60+ days till the I94 expire in Sept 15.?
  3. If I file now, and we get rejection of extension of stay (before the current I94 expires), do my mother need to leave immediately or she can stay till the current I94 date (which is Sept 15)?
  4. If we get the rejection after I94 has expired (Sept 15), how many days she will have to leave the country? Does she accrues out of status in this case? and does the B2 visa (10 yrs validity) gets void as well?
  5. Last case – we file extension, we don’t get any decision quickly, but she leaves before getting the decision (approval or rejection, say she leaves at October end). In this case is she good in status, means no out of status and visa void?

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Fast Web Host (IN) – Stay away – quite literally the WORST customer service I’ve ever had.

Is it just me, or are web hosting services in general going from bad to worse (not EVERY provider, of course, but in general)?

I don’t know why – but after I moved from my last provider years ago, I found a company called (back then) Hostoople with excellent and friendly customer service (it was likely a start up back then – and hey, thats fine provided the support I got was decent, and it WAS).

They later sold their company off I believe to another company, and that got bought out too, and the current monstrosity that is Fast Web Host (they say they’re in the U.S., but their servers and tech support seem to be all in India) is a host best avoided for reasons I’ll advise beneath (and I must admit, I’ve gone through a LOT of hosts – good, bad, and in the middle, but these guys quite literally take the cake!).

I believe in giving people and companies a fair chance, and though their service was spotty at best after the sell out, I stuck with them for YEARS.

I stuck with them all the time I was growing my 0Excuses Fitness business (which is by no means a fledgling biz – and I don’t mention that for purposes of publicity here, but because it has relevance with what I’m about to say in terms of web hosting).

What these guys have been doing as of late is moving servers – and doing so WITHOUT notifying their customers (when asked, their excuse is “we’re working from home” – yet when they’re asked to fix problems, they cooly respond with “It’s an automatic process, there is nothing we can do!” – so it’s automatic when it suits the goose, but not when the gander asks??).

Anyway, so every time they move their servers, folks with data that is regularly updated (such as sites making sales every hour, or blog posts being updated twice daily etc) LOSE that data.

As a guy Venkat (working there) tells me oh-so-casually, as if it really doesn’t matter “Oh, it’s just 2-3 days worth data lost in the migration!”

And this happens EVERY TIME like CLOCKWORK.

EVERY TIME.

It wouldn’t be so bad if they would restore the accounts from their backups, but they hardly, if ever, succeed at doing that for any size that is of substantial size (and given all the products I had on my 0excusesfitness.com website) it WAS substantial.

And I wouldn’t be writing about it here – but they’ve completely stopped responding to my emails and when I call them – you guessed it – crickets.

They keep telling me to raise tickets, which I’ve done, but I never get any response to them. When I raise the issues on live chat, the customer service rep doesnt bother to read the ticket, and I have to explain the entire issue over and over again multiple times – and then after I do that, they rudely tell me “get off chat! We can’t work when you’re on chat!”

I mean really, guys. Is this the way to treat a customer that has SUPPORTED you for years?

IT is perhaps no wonder that their own Facebook pages etc have less followers etc than mine, despite their company having a head start of about 8 years or so! Anyway, that ain’t the point here.

Get off chat so “you can work”??? Are we talking kiddie web hosting here??

And seems we are – the latest, and THIS is what prompted me more than anything else – to make this post is this –

They have REDIRECTED my 0excusesfitness.com domain to what I can only assume is a competitor domain – with NO prior (obviously!) authorization from my end!

And they’ve completely mucked up the site – a guy “Asad” there cooly renamed the index.php file of the WordPress site to a silly little “index.html” file saying “Hello world”, and they had the gall to get back and say “all is well”.

I mean, really ….. ?????https://www.webhostingtalk.com/

There is no response to tickets. No response to live chat – and when I ask for backups, those aren’t given either! Amazingly enough, it took me over three hours to get the ONE backup they DID give me, but it isn’t a full backup by any means.

This company is definitely one to avoid if you’re serious about doing any sort of real business.

In the meantime, I guess it’s time for me to figure out how to recreate my 0 Excuses Fitness site – the structure – manually, since I don’t have the file structuere backed up locally. My bad I know on that one. Do have the DB, but that’s scant consolation . . .

And yes, I do have a likely new web host lined up, but at this point, I’m lost in terms of what to do. Seems these companies have become a law unto themselves, and they could care less about customer data, customer service etc . . .

Does anyone have any experience with these guys – either before the sell out, or currently or at any time?

I’d love to hear back if so!

Best,
Rahul Mookerjee

P.S. – You’d think that since this happens every month like clockwork, and given all the other annoyances we’ve been through, they’d at least OFFER you something in return – such as maybe a free month or more of service, or SOME sort of “balm” to soothe the customer, but nothing. Nothing at all. If anything they’re brazenly unapologetic about “take it or leave it” – in other words, problems WILL happen, and the customers just have to suck it up.

I mean, and again, really. The last web host was bad enough, and now this one . . .

If anyone has any experience with these guys, or knows a contact number I can at least call (I’m not in India, but can still call through whatsapp etc) – please DO let me know. It’s AMAZING that these guys won’t even give me backups of my account(s) – including client accounts – and even more amazing that they won’t even apologize even once (despite them freely and publicly admitting that yes, all of this is their fault! – and it obviously is!).

P.S #2 – And yes, I know. I should have moved years ago, but like I said, I believe in giving businesses a CHANCE – and I gave them several – but THIS is the response I’ve gotten.

*shaking my head*

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visas – 90-year old Peruvian citizen’s US visitor status expiring soon, can she stay in the country during the Covid-19 pandemic?

My Peruvian 90-year old mother has a valid visa up to 2023. Her stay is ending June 19 of this year 2020. We feel it is not safe to go back to Peru and there is nobody who could take care of her there.

If she applies for extension of stay I-539 and the extension is denied OR if the extension of stay is approved but ends, what could we do? Can she apply for an humanitarian case?

uk – Transit France by car with an overnight stay – need to self-quarantine?

I’d like to transit France by car to travel from the UK to Italy. Given the length of the trip this would require at least an overnight stay.
The latest advice is that, following new UK regulations from the 8th of June, travellers to France will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The first exception is “people in transit to another country” (https://uk.ambafrance.org/COVID-19-UK-and-French-travel-and-quarantine-measures).

I’m not sure this is intended to cover transit in an airport or if I’m allowed to cross the country by car, and if so if I’d be allowed to stay overnight provided I keep contacts with other people to the bare minimum.

uk – transit France by car with an overnght stay – need to self-quarantine?

I’d like to transit France by car to travel from the UK to Italy. Given the length of the trip this would require at least an overnight stay.
The latest advice is that, following new UK regulations from the 8th of June, travellers to France will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The first exception is “people in transit to another country” (https://uk.ambafrance.org/COVID-19-UK-and-French-travel-and-quarantine-measures).

I’m not sure this is intended to cover transit in an airport or if I’m allowed to cross the country by car, and if so if I’d be allowed to stay overnight provided I keep contacts with other people to the bare minimum.

uk – transit trough france by car with an overnght stay – need to self-quarantine?

I’d like to transit trough France by car to travel from the UK to Italy. Given the length of the trip this would require at least an overnight stay.
The latest advice is that, following new UK regulations from the 8th of June, travellers to France will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The first exception is “people in transit to another country” (https://uk.ambafrance.org/COVID-19-UK-and-French-travel-and-quarantine-measures).

I’m not sure this is intended to cover transit in an airport or if I’m allowed to cross the country by car, and if so if I’d be allowed to stay overnight provided I keep contacts with other people to the bare minimum.

Stay Away From digitalbs.co.uk | Web Hosting Talk


Here is my Horrible experience digitalbs.co.uk, their current sale thread is at : https://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1809281

I (had) two different cpanel account with these guys, one was for my personal use, and one was for my client. I bought 2nd account for my client a month ago, and he started to face establishing database connection error from day 1. I asked their live chat support to lock into the issue, and they replied me that they are unable to replicate the issue.

On 3rd of May, my client again told me that he is facing the same error again and again, so i contacted the ticket support, on 8th of May they told me that there was a server issue which is resolve now, but actually it was not. So on 14th of May i asked them to cancel and refund my account in question. But after contacting several times via live chat and updating the ticket, they haven’t cancelled my account.

So, today i saw their sale thread at Share hosting forum (thread link given above), and i replied the thread by saying “Have you guys ever tried to look at your support ticket log? I am sure there are plenty of them, waiting for your reply. Including #256872

My rating for your support and services are 1/10..”

They immediately replied to the thread (we shared some “harsh” words), but in the mean time i got their email regarding refund of said account, But with a surprise.

They also cancelled my 1 account, without even letting me know about that, even not allowing me to take the backup for this account, and when i asked them at support ticket about this. This is the reply i got.

From our terms of service:

Public Feedback

We have a zero tolerance policy for posting negative feedback on any public locations about our company and/or our employees before submitting a ticket to our “Suggestions & Complaints” Department to discuss your issue, this will result in immediate account termination without any refund.

Although it is your right to post feedback without discussing your issue with us first, it is undoubtedly unfair and unprofessional not to, which is not the type of client that we want to deal with. We have the utmost respect for all of our clients, and are more than fair with all of our clients. We will do anything and everything possible to keep all of our clients satisfied. But in the unlikely event you are not satisfied, all that we ask is to discuss your issue with our Complaints Department first. For example, if you are the type of person to run to the forums at the first chance you get to complain, please DO NOT SIGNUP with Inc in the first place.

Furthermore, all of our policies that pertain to keeping information given to us confidential including but not limited to our privacy policy, confidentiality agreement, non-disclose agreement are nullified once you discuss your experience publicly. For example, if you make a negative post in public, then you are waiving your protection of privacy.

This is how they are gone treat you when you complain.

I hope you guys here help me with this issue, and see if i am wrong, and they have done the right thing to me, or i am the victim here. As i have lost my $$ along with my website backup.

Why are people in red states now concerned about ICU bed shortages, why not just stay home, pray, and die, ventilators won’t save you?

I don’t know any “red state” people concerned about any ICU’s or beds or “ventilators”.  At all.  That’s liberals that are afraid of everything.  The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights guarantees the right to physically assemble.  You are very late to the party anyway.  Everyone has been out and about for weeks.  Restaurants, shops, gyms, are all open and full of people.  But I guess you didn’t know that because you’re hiding in your house.  If you are full of fear and terror, then stay home, as you apparently are anyway.  And you should keep staying home.  Your liberal mindset is best kept indoors to yourself.  We all thank you..