UPDATED: March 8, 2019
On March 8, 2019, USCIS published on the USCIS website revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, and Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. Both forms have an edition date of 2/4/19 and an expiration date of 8/31/20. USCIS has also published new form instructions.
USCIS has removed the 12/23/16 version of Form I-539 from the USCIS website but will be allowing for a grace period, until close of business on 3/21/19, for that version to be received by USCIS. Starting on 3/22/19, USCIS will only accept the revised Form I-539 with an edition date of 2/4/19, and will reject any Form I-539 or Form I-539A with an edition date of 12/23/16, or earlier, that is received by USCIS after 3/21/19.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it had revised the Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status as of February 4, 2019, and that it plans to publish the revised form on the USCIS website on March 11, 2019.
Starting on March 11, 2019, USCIS will only accept the revised Form I-539 and will reject any prior edition dates. USCIS also announced that it will be publishing a new I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status that will replace the prior Supplement A.
The revised Form I-539 includes the following significant changes:
I-539A for every co-applicant. Every co-applicant included on the primary applicant’s Form I-539 must submit and sign a separate Form I-539A, which will be available on the Form I-539 webpage on March 11. Parents or guardians may sign on behalf of children under 14 or any co-applicant who is not mentally competent to sign.
Biometric Services Fee and Appointment. Every applicant and co-applicant must pay an $85 biometric services fee, except certain A, G, and NATO nonimmigrants as noted in the new Form I-539 Instructions to be published on March 11. Each will receive a biometric services appointment notice, regardless of age, containing their individual receipt number. The biometric services appointments will be scheduled at the Application Support Center (ASC) closest to the primary applicant’s address. Co-applicants who wish to be scheduled at a different ASC location should file a separate Form I-539.
USCIS will reject any Form I-539 that is missing any of the required signatures or biometrics fees, including those required for Form I-539A.
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