Purpose of Form
This form is used by:
- Certain nonimmigrants to extend their stay or change to another nonimmigrant status;
- CNMI residents applying for an initial grant of status;
- F and M nonimmigrants to apply for reinstatement; and,
- Persons seeking V nonimmigrant status or an extension of stay as a V nonimmigrant.
Number of Pages
Form 5; Instructions 10.
12/18/12 (10/07/11; 01/19/11; 11/23/10; 07/15/10; 12/11/09; 06/12/09 editions also accepted)
Where to File
Depending on your personal preference and nonimmigrant category, there are two ways to file this form with USCIS:
If eligible, you can file using the USCIS Electronic Immigration System, USCIS ELIS
except if you are requesting an extension of T visa or U visa status. Extension of status of T and U visas must be filed directly at the Vermont Service Center.
Who can use USCIS ELIS?
Certain applicants can electronically file the Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.
If you want to
are a B-1, B-2, F-1, M-1 or M-2
- 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.
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
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.
See Special Instructions.
Biometric Services Fee
CNMI initial grant of status
A1, A2, G1, G2, G3, G4 extensions
All other filing types
If filing a paper application at a USCIS Lockbox Facility:
Special Instructions for Certain Nonimmigrants:
This page can be found at: http://www.uscis.gov/i-539
Last Reviewed/Updated: 07/02/2013