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US Immigration Update (October 1, 2020): The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted the motion for preliminary injunction temporarily halting the implementation of USCIS final fee rule in its entirety and on a nationwide basis. This means that the new fee increases have been STOPPED, at least for now. We will update this webpage with information and guidance on further developments. Please check back frequently.

What happens next?
The Government (USCIS) will likely appeal to the 9th Circuit court to get the fee increases pushed through. However, no one knows when the appeal will happen or what the result of the appeal will be.

What does this mean for you?
No one knows if or when the new fees will be made effective, but as long as the injunction is in place the USCIS cannot raise fees. Taking into consideration that fees could go up for many applications at any time, it's generally a good idea to prepare & file your Green Card or Citizenship applications sooner rather than later.

See the chart below to see the differences in the current vs new fees.

Current vs New Fee Increases

Form #Immigration ApplicationCurrent FeesNew FeesExtra Fees% Increase
N-400U.S. Citizenship$640$1,170$530+83%
I-130/I-485Family Green Cards$1,760$2,860$1,100+62%
I-751Petition to Remove Conditions$595$760$165+28%
I-765Employment Authorization (EAD) - (Non-DACA)$410$550$140+34%

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Extend U.S. Visa with Form I-539

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Prepare Your USCIS Extend/Change Form I-539

Extend U.S. Visa with Form I-539

Form I-539 Extend/Change U.S. Visa

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FileRight purchase price does not include other applicable government fees paid directly to the government. USCIS Filing Fee $370, Biometrics Fee (if applicable) $85

FileRight.com is not affiliated with USCIS or any government agency. We are not a law firm, do not provide legal advice, and are not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. We are a private company providing self-help services at your direction. If you are looking for blank forms, you can get them for free at USCIS.gov. Select filing packages include an Immigration Lawyer Review conducted by an independent, licensed immigration attorney.

Form I-539 Extend/Change U.S. Visa

What is the purpose of using Form I-539?

Form I-539 can be used to change to another visa status or extend your stay in the United States. Individuals seeking to submit Form I-539 must submit before their visa expires.

Who is eligible?

You may be eligible to apply for an extension of your authorized period of stay if:

  • You were lawfully admitted into the United States with a nonimmigrant visa; 
  • Your nonimmigrant visa status remains valid; 
  • You have not committed any crimes that make you ineligible for a visa;
  • You have not violated the conditions of your admission; and
  • Your passport is valid and will remain valid for the duration of your stay.

Check the date in the lower right corner of your Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Record, to determine the date your authorized stay expires. We recommend that you apply to extend your stay at least 45 days before your authorized stay expires.

If your nonimmigrant status is based on the fact that you are a family member or dependent of an individual who has already been granted nonimmigrant status, then you must file your request for extension of stay while that individual continues to maintain a valid nonimmigrant status. Family members and dependents are limited to the same period of authorized stay as the principal nonimmigrant.

Eligibility By Nonimmigrant US Visa Categories
Common Nonimmigrant VisasVisa TypePurpose of Travel to the U.S. and Nonimmigrant
Business/Tourist VisaB1 - BusinessAthletes, amateur and professional (competing for prize money only)
Business visitors
Domestic employees or nannies (must be accompanying a foreign national employer)
B2 - Tourist VisaMedical treatment, visitors
Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitors
Domestic Employee VisaB-1 VisasDomestic employees include, but is not limited to, cooks, butlers, chauffeurs, housemaids, valets, footmen, nannies, au pairs, mothers' helpers, gardeners, and paid companions
Work VisaH-1B (specialty occupation)Physicians
Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge
H-1B1 Treaty-based Temporary Work VisasFree Trade Agreement (FTA) professionals: Chile
Free Trade Agreement (FTA) professionals: Singapore
H-2A (seasonal agricultural workers)Temporary workers - seasonal agricultural
H-2B visa (skilled and unskilled workers)Temporary workers – nonagricultural
H-3 (trainee)Training in a program not primarily for employment
H-4 (dependents)Dependent of an H Visa holder
L-1 (intra-company transferees)An employee of an international company which is temporarily transferring you to a parent branch, affiliate, or subsidiary of the same company in the United States
L-2 (dependents)Dependent of an L Visa holder
O VisaPeople with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business and athletics, or extraordinary achievement in motion picture and television production, and their essential support personnel
P (artists, entertainers)Certain athletes, entertainers, artists, and essential support personnel who are coming to perform in the United States
Q VisaTo participate in an international cultural exchange program for the purpose of providing practical training, employment, and the sharing of the history, culture, and traditions of your home country
Student VisaF-1 VisaStudents - academic and language students
M-1 VisaStudents - vocational
Transit/Ship Crew Visa.Transit (C visa) Citizen of a foreign country traveling in immediate and continuous transit through the United States en route to a foreign destination
Crew (D visa)A crew member serving onboard a sea vessel or aircraft in the United States
Religious Worker VisaR VisaSeeking to enter the United States to work in a religious capacity on a temporary basis
Journalist and Media VisaI VisaInformation media representative (media, journalists)

How to Apply?

  • Complete the Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.  Review the form instructions for directions on completing the Form I-539.
  • Submit the Filing Fee(s). Include the appropriate filing fee with the Form I-539 and biometric services fee.
  • Submit Evidence. Include all required initial evidence and supporting documentation.
  • Sign and File the Form I-539. File the application at the correct filing location according to the form instructions.

What Happens After You Apply?

Once USCIS receives the Form I-539, they will process your application and then you will receive:

  • A receipt notice for your I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status confirming USCIS received application.
  • A notice of a decision.

Forms And Fees

Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, $370 filing fee

FileRight application package preparation fee is $105.

Note: For A-1, A-2, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4 extensions the filing fee is $0.

Biometric Services Fee
A biometrics services fee of $85 is required for you and each person included on a Form I-539A. Individuals in the following nonimmigrant categories must submit an $85 biometric services fee with their application:

  • T, victims of severe forms of trafficking (Initial)
  • U, victims of certain qualifying criminal activity
  • Dependents of CW-1 transitional workers and E-2 CMNI investors
  • V, spouses and children of lawful permanent residents
  • Individuals residing in the CNMI who are seeking an initial grant of nonimmigrant status.

How It Works

Step 1

Step 1 - Eligibility Quiz

See if you are eligible to use our application preparation Software.

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Step 2 - Prepare Your Application

Save your progress and purchase your application filing package.

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Step 3 - Print & Mail Your Application

Print, Sign and Mail Your Completed Application to the USCIS.

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Extend U.S. Visa with Form I-539

Standard Form I-539 Extend/Change U.S. Visa Government & Filing Fees:

  • USCIS Application Filing Fee $370(Due upon submission of application to USCIS)
    • Filing fee may vary by application reason
  • Biometrics Fee $85(Due upon submission of application to USCIS)(We do not collect government & filing fees)
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