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FORM  I-539

Form I-539

Application to Extend or Change Nonimmigrant Status

This form is used by some nonimmigrant to request extensions of stay or changes from one nonimmigrant category to another nonimmigrant category.It is used by F and M nonimmigrant's seeking reinstatement of status. It is also used by K-3 and K-4 nonimmigrant's to request extensions of stay and by persons seeking V nonimmigrant status while in the United States or extension of stay as a V nonimmigrant.

Filling Fee

$290

(Applicants for V nonimmigrant status only, please note a separate charge for fingerprinting may also be required when the applicant is present in the United States.)

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Edition Date

04/06/15

(07/06/2015,04/06/2015,10/07/11; 01/19/11; 11/23/10; 07/15/10; editions also accepted)

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Number of Pages

Form 9; Instructions 16.

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WHERE TO FILE I-539

In most instances, you should mail this form to the Service Center having jurisdiction over where you live in the United States.

If you are filing for reinstatement as an F-1 or M-1 student, submit this application at the USCIS District or Sub-Office having jurisdiction over the place where you live.

If you are an E dependent filing for an extension of stay and you live in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia or West Virginia, mail your application to the Texas Service Center. If you do not live in one of these states, mail your application to the California Service Center.

If you are a TD filing for an extension of stay or requesting a change to nonimmigrant TD status, mail your application to the Nebraska Service Center.

If you are filing as a V applicant, follow the instructions on Form I-539 Supplement A, Filing Instructions for V Nonimmigrant's.

Who can use USCIS ELIS?

Certain applicants can electronically file the Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.

Yes, I would like to check my US visa eligibility
OR
If you want to And you Then Exceptions
Extend status are a B-1, B-2, F-1, M-1 or M-2 you can use USCIS ELIS Individuals in the F-1 classification who received a date-specific visa that requires completion of a given course of study within a specific time can extend status in USCIS ELIS.

Other F-1s are admitted for duration of status and should contact their designated school official to extend status.
Change status want to become a B-1, B-2, F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, M-1 or M-2 An M-1 student may not change status to an F-1 student
Reinstate status were a F-1 or M-1 The spouse or child of an F-1 or M-1 student may be included in the principal's benefit request.

FORM I-539 SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Special Instructions for Certain Nonimmigrants:

Nonimmigrant Type Additional Instructions
Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Residents
B Nonimmigrant Extension
B1 or B2 Nonimmigrant's
K-3/4 Nonimmigrant's
  • 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 Nonimmigrant's
  • Instructions for Form I-539 Supplement A
  • 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.
Filing Type Filing Fee Biometric Services Fee
V Nonimmigrant's $290 $85
CNMI initial grant of status $290 $85
A1, A2, G1, G2, G3, G4 extensions $0 $0
All other filing types $290 $0
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