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What is form I-539?
I-539 is a form issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which allows people in the U.S. on non-immigrant (temporary) visas to apply for a different type of visa (change status) or extend their stay in the U.S. States. A non-immigrant visa allows a foreigner to enter and stay in the United States for a specific purpose and for a limited period of time.
What I need the I-539 for?
Form I-539 can be used if the non-immigrant wants to extend their stay in the United States. Non-immigrants are considered temporary visitors who must comply with the specific conditions of the visa, depending on what they do in the United States.
However, there is a list of visas using which you can apply for extending your stay in the US:
- Diplomatic visas (A-1 – A-3);
- CW-1 dependents;
- Business and tourist visas B1, B2;
- H Visa dependents;
- F (Academic student visas);
- L (Company transfer visas);
- J1 Visa Exchange;
- M professional or non-academic student visas;
- TD dependents.
The Form I-539 is also must be supported by:
- The extension visa filing fee;
- Printed I-94 form;
- Clear copies of all your passport pages (including the blank ones);
- Financial support proofs;
- A letter that explains your reason to stay in the US for a longer time.
Filling out the I-539 form
The I-539 form includes several parts to fill:
Part 1: You have to provide your personal information:
- Applicant’s full name;
- Country and date of birth;
- Date of the last arrival into the US;
- I-94 Number;
- Current status;
- Date of visa expiration.
Part 2: Application type;
Part 3: Processing the information;
Part 4: Other important information about the applicant (including passport number, address in the other country, information about the applicant’s background);
Part 5: Candidate’s declaration and signature (contains the signature, date of filing, full name, e-mail address, and mobile number);
Part 6: Interpreter’s Statement (if needed).
Organizations that work with I-539
Department of Homeland Security
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