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 9; Instructions 16.

Edition Date

04/06/15. We cannot accept previous editions.  (The edition date can be found at the bottom of the page on the Form and Instructions.)

Where to File

Check this link for the address to mail your form: Form I-539 Direct Filing Addresses.

Additional Information for Completing Your Form:

If you submit Form I-539 on paper: Be sure to sign the form at Part 5, Item Number 3.a., Applicant’s Signature. The fillable version of Form I-539 now includes “Don’t forget to sign!” messages and an arrow pointing to the signature box as reminders for when you print the completed form for mailing. USCIS rejects any unsigned Form I-539. Having to return it to you for a signature will delay processing of your application.

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.


This page can be found at: https://www.uscis.gov/i-539

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