Form I-539 Application to Change Nonimmigrant Status

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Form I-539 Application to Change Nonimmigrant Status

Form I-539 Application to Change Nonimmigrant Status

Form I-539 Application to Change Nonimmigrant Status


Form I-539 Application to Change Nonimmigrant Status  USCIS will no longer accept a single, combined fee payment for H-1B and H-1B1 petitions received on or after April 1, 2022, when Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status; Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization; or Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition, is filed alongside the petition (Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker). Each of these forms received by USCIS on or after April 1 must be accompanied by a separate fee payment instrument, or the entire package will be rejected.

The USCIS is shifting to the electronic processing of requests for immigration benefits. As this transition is completed, USCIS will use numerous systems to receive and process requests for different types of immigration benefits. USCIS requires a separate payment instrument for each of these forms since H-1B and H-1B1 petitions and related applications are not processed in the same system.

USCIS recognizes that using several checks or payments for H-1B and H-1B1 petitions and related applications is more onerous than using a single payment. USCIS is continuously examining its forms, processes, and regulations to expedite the filing process and eliminate, limit, and regulate the burdens associated with submitting petitions. USCIS feels, however, that the benefits of electronic processing to both the agency and the public outweigh the small disadvantages of making individual fee payments.

USCIS has produced a policy manual update that modifies the F-1 student-related text on page 4 of the Form I-539 instructions. This revision supersedes the policy mentioned in the form instructions as of July 20, 2021. USCIS is currently modifying form instructions to reflect the modifications brought about by this policy amendment. In line with the Paperwork Reduction Act, any updates to the form instructions will be made.

Please bring your appointment notice from the application assistance center (Form I-797C) to your biometrics appointment. If you filed several I-539 applications and received numerous ASC appointment notices, please bring all notices to your first scheduled ASC visit.

USCIS may not be able to associate you with all of your pending ASC appointment notifications for your filed I-539 petitions if you do not bring all of your ASC appointment notices to your initial biometrics appointment.

If you fail to bring all ASC appointment reminders to your biometrics appointment, you must attend any subsequent ASC biometrics appointments or risk having your other I-539 applications denied on the grounds of abandonment. Refer to 8 CFR 103.2 (b) (13). (ii).

These groups utilize this form:

Certain nonimmigrants extending their stay or changing to a different nonimmigrant status; Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) residents applying for an initial grant of status; F and M nonimmigrants requesting reinstatement; and Persons seeking V nonimmigrant status or an extension of stay as a V nonimmigrant.

 The following groups use this form:

  • Certain nonimmigrants who are extending their stay or altering their status;
  • Residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) petitioning for initial status;
  • F and M nonimmigrants seeking readmission; and
  • Individuals seeking V nonimmigrant status or V nonimmigrant status extensions.

What This Form Can Help You Do

  • Change My Status as a Nonimmigrant
  • Extend My Stay as a Nonimmigrant
  • Extend My Stay as a Dependent of an Employment-Based Nonimmigrant

Form Details

Document and Form Downloads

Edition Date

12/08/21. 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.

Where to File

Visit our Form I-539 Direct Filing Addresses page for a comprehensive list of mailing addresses.

Please review our filing tips if using a lockbox.

Form I-539, Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, Filing Instructions

Fill out each section of the form. We will reject the form if any of the following fields are empty:

  • Part 1 – Personal Information
    • Family Name
    • Postal Address
    • Birth Date
      Current nonimmigrant status
  • Part 2 — Type of Application
    • I am Applying (1., 2., or 3.a.)
    • The status I require is (3.b or 3.c)
    • Quantity of Individuals Included in This Application.

Tips for Filling Out Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend or Change Nonimmigrant Status

  • Part 1: Details about the person who is filling out Form I-539A
    • Family Name

Don’t forget to sign your form. We won’t accept any form that isn’t signed.

Filing Fee


A $85 biometric services fee must also be paid by you and each co-applicant.


People who change 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 do not have to pay either the filing fee or the biometric services fee.
From May 17, 2021, to May 17, 2023, people who change or extend their nonimmigrant status to H-4, L-2, E-1, E-2, E-2C, E-3, or E-3D do not have to pay the biometric services fee.
Use our Fee Calculator to figure out how much you should charge.

You can pay the fee with cash, a cashier’s check, or a money order. You can also use Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, to pay by credit card when you file at a USCIS lockbox facility. If you pay by check, you must make it out to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

You agree to pay for a government service when you send a payment. The fees for filing and biometric services are final and cannot be refunded, no matter what we do with your application, petition, or request, or if you decide to cancel your request.

Special Instructions

Nonimmigrant Type Additional Instructions
Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) residents ·         Initial grant of status Guidance

·         Use your CNMI P.O. Box as your address

·         File at the California Service Center

B nonimmigrant extension ·         Form M-752, Helpful Filing Tips for Form I-539 (PDF, 99.23 KB)
B1 or B2 nonimmigrants ·         Special Instructions for B-1/B-2 Visitors Who Want to Enroll in School
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 ·         You may file Form I-765 with Form I-539.

·         You may travel outside of the U.S. and be readmitted as a V nonimmigrant, if you have a valid passport and obtain a V visa from the Department of State.

E-Notification: If you want to receive an email and/or text message that we have accepted your Form I-539 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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