A close-up of a U.S. visa. Be sure to extend your U.S. visa before it expires by filing Form I-539 on time.
Form I-539 can be used to extend your stay in the United States or change to another visa status. Individuals seeking to submit Form I-539 must file before their visa expires. USCIS recommends applicants file early to allow for processing.
Not every U.S. visitor is eligible for a visa extension or change to non-immigrant status. In general, you may apply if you entered the United States legally and your visa is active. The following visa types may use Form I-539:
You may not apply for a U.S. visa extension if:
Requesting a U.S. visa extension will have filing fees. You can expect to pay a total of $560 to file for a U.S. visa extension or change of status. This includes:
USCIS won’t refund your money, even if your application is denied. FileRight will help ensure your application is correct and complete.
In the past, special arrangements have been made for travelers. The COVID-19 pandemic caused unprecedented border closures, making it impossible for many U.S. visitors to return home.
In this case, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has offered flexibility to visa waiver program travelers. This visa waiver grants a 30-day extension to any affected travelers.
After USCIS receives your Form I-539 to extend your U.S. visa, they will process your application. You will be sent confirmation by mail.
It may take up to 16 months before you receive notice of a decision. Processing time varies by service centers. You may remain in the United States while you wait for approval. USCIS will postpone any removal proceedings while your extension is pending.
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