Original Date AnnouncedFebruary 11, 2019
On February 11, 2019, USCIS announced it has revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status and plans to publish the revised form on the USCIS website on March 11, 2019. Starting on March 11, 2019, USCIS will only accept the revised Form I-539 and will reject any prior edition dates. USCIS also announced that it will be publishing a new I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status that will replace the prior Supplement A. The revised Form I-539 has significant changes, including the requirement that every applicant pay a biometrics fee (with some limited exceptions) and attend an biometrics appointment, regardless of age. [ID #1315]USCIS to Publish Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A 02/04/19 edition of Form I-539A instructions 02/04/19 edition of Form I-539 02/04/19 edition of Form I-539 instructions 02/04/19 edition of Form I-539A
Subsequent Trump-Era and Court Action(s)
March 1, 2019
USCIS Teleconference on Revised Form I-539
On March 1, 2019, in response to public concern, USCIS announced a revised rollout period for the new edition of Form I-539 and new Form I-539A. USCIS indicated that:
- USCIS will continue accepting Form I-539 with an edition date of 12/23/16 until March 21, 2019, as long as it is received by USCIS by that date.
- USCIS will reject any Form I-539 with an edition date of 12/23/16 that is received by USCIS after March 21, 2019.
- Starting on March 22, 2019, USCIS will only accept the revised Form I-539 with an edition date of 02/04/19.
Biden Administration Action: ModifiedMay 13, 2021
2021.05.13 USCIS Temporarily Suspends Biometrics Requirement for Certain Form I-539 Applicants
This Biden administration policy modified in part the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On May 13, 2021, USCIS issued an alert announcing that it would temporarily suspend the biometrics requirement for a two-year period for certain applicants filing Form I-539, Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, requesting an extension of stay in or change of status to H-4, L-2, and E nonimmigrant status.View Document