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.
(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.)
(Starting 02/21/17. USCIS will only accept the 12/23/16 edition.)
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.
An M-1 student may not change status to an F-1 student
|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.|
I-539 Special Instructions
Special Instructions for Certain Nonimmigrants:
|Nonimmigrant Type||Additional Instructions|
|Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Residents|
|B Nonimmigrant Extension||Form M-752, Helpful Filing Tips for Form I-539|
|B1 or B2 Nonimmigrant’s||Special Instructions for B-1/B-2 Visitors Who Want to Enroll in School|
|V Nonimmigrant’s||Instructions for Form I-539 Supplement A|
|Filing Type||Filing Fee||Biometric Services Fee|
|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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