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I-539 Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

Purpose of Form:

This form is used by some nonimmigrants to request extensions of stay or changes from one nonimmigrant category to another nonimmigrant category. Please see the form's instructions for your specific nonimmigrant visa category. It is used by F and M nonimmigrants seeking reinstatement of status. It is also used by K-3/4 nonimmigrants to request extensions of stay and by persons seeking V nonimmigrant status while in the United States or extension of stay as a V nonimmigrant.

Number of Pages: 11

Edition Date:

4/01/06. Prior versions acceptable.

Where to File:

Please see Special Instructions on this page.

Filing Fee: $300.00

Special Instructions: 

K-3/4 Nonimmigrants: Use this form to obtain an extension of K-3/4 status while your permanent residence case is being processed. You may also submit a Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, at the same time as this form to request renewal of your employment authorization. You may travel outside of the U.S. and be readmitted as a K-3/4, if you have a valid passport and K-3/4 visa.

V Nonimmigrants: See Form I-539 Supplement A, Filing Instructions for V Nonimmigrants, for special instructions. You may also submit a Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, at the same time as this form to request issuance or renewal of your employment authorization. You may travel outside of the U.S. and be readmitted as a V, if you have a valid passport and obtain a V visa from the Department of State.

Please note: This is a large file (1.36 MB). We recommend that you do not fill out the form in your web browser, but download the file to your computer instead (by "right-clicking" on the link below and selecting "Save Target As"). Then launch the form within Adobe Reader.

Note on Filing Fee:

Applicants for V nonimmigrant status only, please note a separate $70.00 charge for biometrics may also be required when the applicant is present in the United States.

Note on Where to File:
  • If you are filing for reinstatement as an F-1 or M-1 student, submit this application at the USCIS District or Sub-Office having jurisdiction over the place where you live.
  • If you are the dependent spouse or child of a principal E, H, L, O, P, R or TN nonimmigrant and you are seeking a change of status or an extension of stay and:
  • Your Form I-539 is being filed together with the principal's Form I-129, send the entire Forms I-129/I-539 package to:
    USCIS Vermont Service Center
    75 Lower Welden St.
    St. Albans, VT 05479
  • The principal's Form I-129 has already been approved submit your Form I-539 to (include a copy of the principal's Form I-129 approval notice):
    USCIS Vermont Service Center
    75 Lower Welden St.
    St. Albans, VT 05479
  • The principal's Form I-129 is still pending, file your Form I-539 with the same service center where the Form I-129 is pending (include a copy of the receipt notice for the principal's pending Form I-129).
  • In all other instances, mail your Form I-539 to the USCIS Service Center having jurisdiction over where you live in the United States.
  • If you are filing as a V applicant, follow the instructions on Form I-539 Supplement A, Filing Instructions for V Nonimmigrants
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Posted Date: 13-09-2010
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