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Update 26 Sep 2023: USCIS has removed the Biometric fee for B1/B2, H4, and L2 extensions starting Oct 1, 2023
Earlier, Form I-539 Biometric fees were USD $85 for each applicant separately. You had to pay a $370 fee per i539 form.
A, G, and NATO nonimmigrants do not need to pay Biometric fees.
USCIS will now refund the bio-metrics fees if you send it with your i539 application.
- If you send one combined check, USCIS will reject your i539 application.
- If you send separate checks for Biometric and i539, they will return the biometric fee check.
Use the USCIS Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status for filing extensions within the USA.
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 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.