I-539, Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

ALERT:  On March 8, 2019, we published the revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. We will reject any Form I-539 with an edition date of 12/23/16 or earlier that is received by USCIS after close of business on March 21, 2019. Starting on March 22, 2019, we will only accept the revised Form I-539 with an edition date of 02/04/19. We also published a new Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, on March 8 (replacing Supplement A of Form I-539).  Read more here: UPDATE: USCIS to Publish Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A on March 8.

The following groups use this form:

  • Certain nonimmigrants extending their stay or changing to another nonimmigrant status;
  • CNMI residents applying for an initial grant of status;
  • F and M nonimmigrants applying for reinstatement; and,
  • Persons seeking V nonimmigrant status or an extension of stay as a V nonimmigrant.

Number of Pages

I-539 Form 7; I-539 instructions 17. I-539A Form 4; I-539A instructions 3.

Edition Date

02/04/19.  Starting on March 22, 2019, we will only accept the revised Form I-539 with an edition date of 02/04/19, and will reject any Form I-539 or Form I-539A with an edition date of 12/23/16 or earlier. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.

Where to File

For a complete list of mailing addresses, visit our Form I-539 Direct Filing Addresses webpage.

If filing at a Lockbox, please read our filing tips.

Filing Tips for Form I-539, Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

Complete all sections of the form. We will reject the form if these fields are missing:

  • Part 1 – Information About You
    • Family Name
    • Mailing Address
    • Date of Birth
    • Current nonimmigrant status
  • Part 2 – Application Type
    • I am applying for (1., 2.. or 3.a.)
    • The status I am requesting (3.b or 3.c)
    • Total number of People Included in This Application.

Filing Tips for Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

  • Part 1 – Information About the Person filing Form I-539A
    • Family Name

Don’t forget to sign your form! We will reject any unsigned form.

Filing Fee

$370.  You and each co-applicant must also pay an $85 biometric services fee.  Exceptions: Individuals changing into or out of A-1, A-2, A-3, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, G-5, NATO-1, NATO-2, NATO-3, NATO-4, NATO-5, or NATO-6 status are not required to submit either the filing fee or the biometric services fee.

You may pay the fee with a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check.  When filing at a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may also pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. If you pay by check, you must make your check payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Please note that service centers are not able to process credit card payments.

When you send a payment, you agree to pay for a government service. Filing and biometric service fees are final and non-refundable, regardless of any action we take on your application, petition, or request, or if you withdraw your request.

Checklist of Required Initial Evidence (for informational purposes only)

View the checklist of required initial evidence.

Special Instructions

Nonimmigrant Type

Additional Instructions

Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) residents

B nonimmigrant extension

B1 or B2 nonimmigrants

K-3/4 nonimmigrants

  • File Form I-539 to extend your status while your permanent resident case is pending.
  • You may file Form I-765 with Form I-539.
  • You may travel outside of the United States and be readmitted as a K-3/4, if you have a valid passport and K-3/4 visa.

V nonimmigrants

  • You may file Form I-765 with Form I-539.
  • You may travel outside of the U.S. and be readmitted as a V nonimmigrant, if you have a valid passport and obtain a V visa from the Department of State.

 

E-Notification: If you want to receive an email and/or text message that your Form I-539 has been accepted at a USCIS Lockbox facility, complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, and clip it to the first page of your application.

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