USCIS to start new biometrics process
15 February 2019 13:11 GMT

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services will publish a revised Form I-539 Change/Extension of Status on March 11 and will begin requiring biometrics appointments for applicants.

Form I-539 is required for change or extension of status for certain visa holders and for derivative family members of nonimmigrant visa holders, including H-4 spouses of H-1B workers.

The new version of the form will not be available until March 11 on the USCIS website. USCIS will only accept the new versions on and after March 11 and will reject any previous versions.

Each applicant and co-applicant must pay a $85 biometrics fee when filing the form, and will receive a notice scheduling an appointment for their biometrics (digital photo and fingerprints) to be taken at their nearest USCIS application support center.

A new Form I-539A, Supplemental Information for Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status will also be released March 11, replacing the current Supplement A. Each family member of the primary Form I-539 applicant must sign and submit a separate Form I-539A and the forms must be submitted together.