USCIS Form I-539 and New Form I-539A Update

On March 8, 2019 USCIS published to its website revised Form I-539 and new Form I-539A and instructions for these forms.

USCIS will continue accepting Form I-539 with an edition date of 12/23/16 until 3/21/19, as long as it is received by USCIS by that date.

USCIS ALERT: On March 8, 2019, we published the revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. We will reject any Form I-539 with an edition date of 12/23/16 or earlier that is received by USCIS after close of business on March 21, 2019. Starting on March 22, 2019, we will only accept the revised Form I-539 with an edition date of 02/04/19. We also published a new Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, on March 8 (replacing Supplement A of Form I-539). Read more here: UPDATE: USCIS to Publish Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A on March 8.

On March 8, 2019 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.

When submitting the revised Form I-539 and new Form I-539A, please be reminded that:

Every co-applicant included on the primary applicant's Form I-539 must submit and sign a separate Form I-539A. Parents or guardians may sign on behalf of children under 14 or any co-applicant who is not mentally competent to sign.

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.

Every applicant and co-applicant 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.