USCIS To Publish New Version Of Form I-539, Require Biometrics For Certain Applicants

USCIS has announced that it will publish a revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, on March 11, 2019.

Below are the notable changes that applicants filing Form I-539 seeking a change of status or extension of stay need to keep in mind:

  • Starting March 11, 2019, USCIS will only accept the revised Form I-539 with an edition date of 02/04/19. USCIS will reject any Form I-539 with an edition date of 12/23/16 or earlier.
  • A new Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, will also be published on March 11. It will replace the Supplement-A provided in previous editions of Form I-539.
  • Every co-applicant included in the I-539 must submit and sign a separate Form I-539A. On behalf of children under 14 or any co-applicant who is not mentally competent to sign, the Form I-539A may be signed by parents or guardians.
  • An $85 biometric services fee must be paid by applicants and co-applicants. Certain A, G, and NATO nonimmigrants may be exempted from this requirement.
  • A biometric services appointment will be scheduled for every applicant and co-applicants at an Application Support Center (ASC) closest to the primary applicant’s address. Every applicant and co-applicant, regardless of age, will receive a biometric services appointment notice.

If you have any questions regarding the new Form I-539, or need help in filing for a change of status or extension of stay, contact VisaPro. Our experienced Immigration Attorneys will be happy to assist you. Schedule a Free Visa Assessment today to discuss your specific situation.

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