USCIS Published Revised Form I-539 and Introduces New I-539A
On March 8, 2019, USCIS published a revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, and introduced the new Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. Both forms have an edition date of 02/04/2019.
Now, every co-applicant included on the primary applicant’s Form I-539 must submit and sign a separate Form I-539A. Parents or guardian may sign on behalf of children under 14. Every applicant and co-applicant must now also pay an $85 biometric services fee, except certain A, G, and NATO nonimmigrants as noted in the newly published form instructions.
Affected applicants and co-applicants will then receive a biometric services appointment notice, regardless of age, containing their individual receipt number. The biometric services appointments will be scheduled at a local Application Support Center (ASC). Co-applicants who wish to be scheduled at a different ASC location should file a separate Form I-539.
However, please note that as of the date of this announcement, USCIS has removed the prior version of Form I-539 from the USCIS website but will be allowing for a grace period until March 21, 2019 to receive the prior version by USCIS. However, starting on March 22nd, USCIS will only accept the revised I-539 form and will reject prior versions.
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