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I-539, Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

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.

Edition Date

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. 
  • You can file a paper application (available for all filing types). Check this link for the address to mail your form: Form I-539 Direct Filing Addresses

Who can use USCIS ELIS?

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

If you want to

And you



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.



Filing Fee

See Special Instructions.

Special Instructions


Filing Type

Filing Fee

Biometric Services Fee

V Nonimmigrants



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:

  • Please read our Lockbox Filing Tips
  • We will send you an e-Notification when your form is accepted if you complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, and attach it to the first page of your application.
  • To ensure your application is accepted, please:
    • Sign your form.
    • Pay the correct fee.
    • Complete the entire form, especially these required fields: Family Name; Date of Birth; Address, Application Type; "The new status I am requesting is;" Number of People Included in Application.

Special Instructions for Certain Nonimmigrants: 


Nonimmigrant Type

Additional Instructions

Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Residents

B Nonimmigrant Extension

B1 or B2 Nonimmigrants

K-3/4 Nonimmigrants

  • 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 Nonimmigrants

  • 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.


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Last Reviewed/Updated: 07/02/2013