USCIS i539 with Biometric Fees, B1/B2, H4, F1 Extensions

USCIS biometric service fee of $85 for form i-539. Biometric appointment mandatory. Parent can sign form i-539A for kid under 14 yrs. H4 processing time increase.

Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta    Updated  1 Jun, 20


Form I-539 Biometric fees are USD $85 for each applicant separately. Fees per i539 form are $370.

A, G, and NATO nonimmigrants do NOT need to pay Biometric fees.

USCIS will reject Form I-539 application submitted without bio-metrics fees.

i539 Biometric FeesUSD AmountForm Required
One H4 Adult + one H4 Kid under 21$370 + $85 + $85 = $540i539 (Adult), i539A (Kid)
One H4 Adult + two H4 Kids under 21$370 + $85 + $85 + $85 = $625i539 (Adult), two i539A (Kid)
One Adult filing B1/B2 extension$370 + $85 = $455i539 (Adult)
Husband & Wife filing B1/B2 extension$370 + $85 + $85 = $540i539 (Husband), i539A (Wife)

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Biometric for I539 Extensions

USCIS issued a new Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status on March 11, 2019.

The average scheduling time for biometric collection of the USCIS is currently about 17 days, but it can be longer depending on each circumstance.

Form I-539 is used by

  • H4 visa holders to extend their H4 status along with their spouse and child’s H1B extension.
  • L1 dependents to file L2 visa extensions.
  • B1/B2 Visa Visitors
  • F-1 students and J-1 exchange visitors, for certain changes and extensions of status.

USCIS New form i539A

USCIS has also added a new Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status to replace the Supplement A provided in previous versions of Form I-539.

Form I-539A can only be submitted with Form I-539.

I-539A Needed for Each Child – Parent Can Sign

Every co-applicant included on the primary applicant’s Form I-539 must submit and sign a separate Form I-539A.

Parents or guardians may sign on behalf of children under 14 or any co-applicant who is not mentally competent to sign.

Biometric Appointment

USCIS will send a biometric appointment notice separately for each applicant with separate USCIS receipt number.

Your fingerprints, photo, and/or digital signature will be taken at the Application Support Center (ASC) closest to the primary applicant’s residential address.

If you want biometric to be scheduled at a different ASC location, then you should file a separate Form I-539.

Example:

If you are filing form I-539 for H4 extension and including your child, you would file I-539 for yourself and I-539A for your child.

You will have to pay fees of $85 * 2 = $170 as Biometric fees for each of you. Your appointment will be scheduled for your nearest application center.

How does Biometric Affect H4 and H4 EAD processing Time?

Since H4 and H4 EAD are not eligible for premium on their own, the Biometric step has added a considerable amount of processing time.

H4 and H4 EAD are no more processed in premium time even if applied along with H1B premium processing.

H4 Extension and H4 Change of Status applications are already taking more than 8 months and the new Biometric appointment will certainly add at-least 1 month to total processing time.

Other Visas like F1, L2, and the J1 processing time have to increase at least by 1 month with an additional Biometric step.


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