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.

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Filing Fee

Paper Filing Online Filing
470 420

Edition Date

04/01/24. Starting June 3, 2024, we will accept only the 04/01/24 edition. Until then, you can also use 05/31/22 and 12/08/21 editions.

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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.

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
K-3/4 Nonimmigrant’s
V Nonimmigrant’s Instructions for Form I-539 Supplement A
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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