Check Your Eligibility to File Form I-539 Online

ALERT: On Oct. 11, 2019, judges in three separate cases before U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York (PDF, 60 KB), Northern District of California (PDF, 635 KB), and Eastern District of Washington (PDF, 525 KB) enjoined DHS from implementing and enforcing the final rule related to the public charge ground of inadmissibility under section 212(a)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and postponed the effective date of the final rule until there is final resolution in the cases. Two of the injunctions are nationwide and prevent USCIS from implementing the rule anywhere in the United States. Until final decisions in these cases are issued or the injunction is lifted, Form I-539 filed online is the 2/4/19 version.

Filing online helps you to:           

  • Get your application into our processing queue faster than mail delivery; and
  • Communicate with us directly, without sending or receiving paper mail.

You may apply online to extend your nonimmigrant status if you meet the following conditions.

You are applying:

  • As a single applicant;
  • Without co-applicants; and
  • You will not require legal or accredited representation at any point in your request.

You must also hold status as a:

Family Members of Nonimmigrants

If you apply as part of a family, you may choose to:

In the Near Future

We also plan to offer the ability to file your Form I-539 online if you:

  • Possess T or U nonimmigrant classifications;
  • Are seeking to change your status;
  • Are using a legal or accredited representative; or
  • Are applying as coapplicants, so family members may apply together and pay a single fee.

To file online, you will:

  • Use a desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet to complete the application;
  • Be guided to complete the relevant parts of online Form I-539;
  • Pay your filing fee online;
  • Submit your application to USCIS; and
  • Receive a near-instant notification in your USCIS online account when we receive your application.

After Applying Online

You will use your USCIS online account to:

  • Receive your biometrics appointment notice;
  • Receive status updates about your case;
  • Respond to Requests for Evidence; and
  • Update your contact information if it changes.

If you file Form I-539 online, we will still mail Form I-797, Notice of Action, and Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Record, to you as evidence that we granted the benefit.

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