USCIS Form I-539 Changes and New Fees
UPDATE: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicated that due to the new biometrics fee required, USCIS would no longer provide for "courtesy" Premium Processing of L-2 and H-4 petitions for the spouses and dependent family members of L-1A/L-1B/H-1B visaholders. Accordingly, processing of Form I-539 Applications will take substantially longer to process than the principal Form I-129 Petition. At this time, USCIS has not provided any further guidance or insight as to processing times of Form I-539 applications. As additional details become available regarding the above, we will provide regular updates.
UPDATE: On March 1, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicated that it would publish a revised Form I-539/Form I-539A on March 8, 2019. USCIS will continue to accept the current Form I-539 (edition date of December 23, 2016) until March 21, 2019. Effective March 22, 2019, USCIS will only accept the revised Form I-539 (edition date February 4, 2019).
Effective March 11, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will publish a revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.
As additional details become available regarding the above, we will provide regular updates.
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