Today, 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 for these forms to the USCIS website.
As of today, 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, AILA members are 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.
Source: AILA Doc. No. 19021234.