Extend or Change Your Visa Online

Use our step-by-step guide to prepare an Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (I-539) and lengthen your stay in the U.S. today!

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Nonimmigrant Extension or Change

The Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, Form I-539, is used by temporary visitors to continue their visit to the United States. It is also used to change a nonimmigrant status.

When to file Form I-539

Be sure to submit the application in advance of your current visa's expiration to avoid visa problems with the USCIS.

Who can file an Application to Extend or Change Nonimmigrant Status?

These are some situations in which one can use Form I-539:

  • Holders of B-1, B-2, F-1, M-1 or M-2 visas can apply to extend their status using Form I-539 and stay in the U.S. longer.
  • If you have a B-1, B-2, F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, M-1 or M-2 visa you can use Form I-539 to change your visa to any of those visa statuses mentioned. M-1 students cannot change to F-1 student status, however.
  • The Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, Form I-539, can also be used to reinstate status for expired F-1 and M-1 visa holders in some cases.
  • CNMI (Commonwealth of the North Marianas Islands) residents looking to apply for status for the first time can use Form I-539.
  • Recipients of a V nonimmigrant visa can use this form to apply for the first time or to extend their status.

You can apply for yourself, your spouse and your unmarried children under the age of 21 on the same Form I-539 at the same time to extend your entire family's stay in the U.S.

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