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.

Number of Pages

Form 9; instructions 16.

Edition Date

12/23/16. We will publish a new edition of this form soon. In the meantime, you may file using the 12/23/16 edition.  You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.

Where to File

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
  • Part 2 – Application Type
    • Number 2.a.
    • Number of People Included in This Application.

Don’t forget to sign your form! We will reject any unsigned form.

Filing Fee

$370. 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. Use our Fee Calculator  to help determine your fee.

Filing Type

Filing Fee

Biometric Services Fee

V Nonimmigrants



CNMI initial grant of status



A1, A2, A3, G1, G2, G3, G4, G5



All other filing types



Checklist of Required Initial Evidence (for informational purposes only)

View the checklist of required initial evidence.

Special Instructions

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



E-Notification: If you want to receive an email and/or text message that your Form I-212 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.

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