USCIS has issued an alert, reminding applicants to include all required evidence when submitting Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.
The required initial evidence for requesting an extension of stay is included in the instructions for Form I-539 and the initial evidence is required for all applications regardless of whether they are electronically filed in USCIS ELIS or mailed to USCIS.
USCIS has also reminded that it is especially important for individuals who hold a B-2 visitor visa to submit needed evidence with their application as there are no appeal rights for B-2 nonimmigrants who are denied an extension of stay. Hence, B-2 visitors who are seeking to extend their stay must remember to include the following documents with their application:
- The original I-94, Arrival-Departure Record, or a front and back copy;
- A copy of passport; and
- A statement explaining why they are requesting an extension of their stay in the U.S.