I-539, Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
The following groups use this form:
- Certain nonimmigrants extending their stay or changing to another nonimmigrant status;
- CNMI residents applying for an initial grant of status;
- F and M nonimmigrants applying for reinstatement; and,
- Persons seeking V nonimmigrant status or an extension of stay as a V nonimmigrant.
What This Form Can Help You Do
03/10/21. Starting April 19, 2021, we will only accept the 03/10/21 edition. Until then, you can also use the 10/15/19 edition. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.
Dates are listed in mm/dd/yy format.
For a complete list of mailing addresses, visit our Form I-539 Direct Filing Addresses webpage.
If filing at a Lockbox, please read our filing tips.
Filing Tips for Form I-539, Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
Complete all sections of the form. We will reject the form if these fields are missing:
- Part 1 – Information About You
- Family Name
- Mailing Address
- Date of Birth
- Current nonimmigrant status
- Part 2 – Application Type
- I am applying for (1., 2.. or 3.a.)
- The status I am requesting (3.b or 3.c)
- Total number of People Included in This Application.
Filing Tips for Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
- Part 1 – Information About the Person filing Form I-539A
- Family Name
Don’t forget to sign your form! We will reject any unsigned form.
You and each co-applicant must also pay an $85 biometric services fee. Exceptions: Individuals changing into or out of A-1, A-2, A-3, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, G-5, NATO-1, NATO-2, NATO-3, NATO-4, NATO-5, or NATO-6 status are not required to submit either the filing fee or the biometric services fee. Use our Fee Calculator to help determine your fee.
You may pay the fee with a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check. When filing at a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may also pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. If you pay by check, you must make your check payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Please note that service centers are not able to process credit card payments.
When you send a payment, you agree to pay for a government service. Filing and biometric service fees are final and non-refundable, regardless of any action we take on your application, petition, or request, or if you withdraw your request.
View the checklist of required initial evidence.
Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule implementation
Aliens requesting an extension of stay or change of status who are subject to the new public benefit condition do not need to report the receipt of public benefits on Form I-539 if such benefits are received before Feb. 24, 2020. Please read all references to Oct. 15, 2019, as though they refer to Feb. 24, 2020.
|Nonimmigrant Type||Additional Instructions|
Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) residents
|B nonimmigrant extension|
|B1 or B2 nonimmigrants|
E-Notification: If you want to receive an email and/or text message that your Form I-539 has been accepted at a USCIS Lockbox facility, complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, and clip it to the first page of your application.
- USCIS to Publish Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A on March 8
- How Do I Extend My Nonimmigrant Stay in the U.S.? (PDF, 121.18 KB)
- How Do I Change to Another Nonimmigrant Status? (PDF, 482.69 KB)