New Version of Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, Brings Significant Changes

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 1:45pm

On Monday, February 11, the USCIS announcedthey will release a revised Form I-539 on Monday, March 11, 2019.  The new form will become effective on the same day and old editions of the form will not be accepted beginning March 11, 2019.  Form I-539 is primarily used to change or extend nonimmigrant visa status for dependent family members (H-4, L-2), visitors (B), and students (F).  

While the USCIS has not yet released the form for public review, they confirmed the form will have the following substantial changes:

  • The primary applicant will be included on the I-539 (as before) and each accompanying family member will need to complete a new I-539A Supplement Form (to be released March 11)
  • Every applicant will need to sign the form; parents or guardians may continue to sign on behalf of children under 14 or applicants not competent to sign
  • Every applicant must pay a new $85 biometrics fee (with limited exception for certain A, G, and NATO nonimmigrants)
  • Every applicant will need to complete a biometrics service appoint to have her/his fingerprints captured, regardless of age.

Maggio + Kattar will continue to monitor this change in form closely and send out alerts as more information becomes available.