USCIS i539 form Biometric Fees (B1/B2, H4, L2 Extensions)

USCIS biometric service fee $85 per form i-539. Biometric appointment mandatory. Parent can sign form i-539A for kid under 14 yrs. B1/B2 extension mailing address.

Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta    Updated  6 Sep, 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)

Calculate I-539 Total Fees



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Biometric for I539 Extensions

Use the USCIS Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status for filing extensions within the USA.

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.

i539 filing Address

USCIS allows you to file I-539 online if you are filing for yourself alone and want to extend your B-1, B-2, F-1, F-2, H-4, M-1, or M-2 status. 

If you have any other status or are filing with additional applicants like your kid or spouse, you must file a paper Form I-539. 

We recommend to file B1/B2 extension application online if you are alone.

If you are filing more than 1 person like husband and wife, then it is cheaper to file a paper form application.

B1/B2, L2 Tourist Visa Extension Address

You should fill the form i539 and send it to this address to extend your B1/B2 visitor visa.

USCIS Dallas Lockbox

If you sending by U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
P.O. Box 660166
Dallas, TX 75266


If you are sending by FedEx, UPS, and DHL:

USCIS
ATTN: I-539
2501 S. State Highway 121 Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067



H4 Extension Filing Address

H-4 spouse of an H-1B nonimmigrant filing Form I-539 separately from the H-1B or filed concurrently with Form I-765 for category (c)(26).

File with the USCIS Dallas Lockbox Facility if the receipt number of your H-1B principal spouse’s most recent Form I-797 Notice of Approval for Form I-129 begins with EAC or LIN.

USCIS Dallas Lockbox Facility

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
PO Box 660921
Dallas, TX 75266

For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: H4
2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067

File with the USCIS Phoenix Lockbox Facility if the receipt number of your H-1B principal spouse’s most recent Form I-797 Notice of Approval for Form I-129 begins with WAC or SRC.

USCIS Phoenix Lockbox Facility

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS
P.O. Box 20400
Phoenix, AZ 85036

For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: H4
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Source: USCIS i539 Addresses

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.

FAQ

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.

Can I file B2 extension in USA if my visa stamp is expiring?

You can file a B2 extension in the USA even if your B2 visa stamp in the passport is expiring.

A Visa stamp is only used to enter the USA. Once you are in the USA, you can apply for extension legally by filing form i539 with USCIS.

Can I Apply multiple B2 visitor extensions in COVID-19?

You can apply a new B2 extension even if the old one is pending with USCIS.

Many people have faced this situation where the old application is still pending with USCIS due to biometric center closures.

You should file a new B2 extension application and pay the fee again. File it before the ‘end date’ requested in current pending application.

Usually, attorneys recommend to file B2 extension only for 6 months at a time.

Is there a special cover letter that can be sent with B2 extension for special situation in Cornavirus?

We recommend writing a cover letter for justifying B2 visitor visa extension for your aged parents during Coronavirus emergency and travel bans.




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