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March 29, 2019
Extend your stay in the United States by filing a visa extension request with the USCitizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) using Form I-539. … evidence of certain relationships, whether personal or business-related.
Part 1 Analysing your situation
Check the expiration date on your Form I-94: As of a couple of years ago, non-immigrant travelers to America no longer receive paper I-9
4’s when they arrive. Instead, an electronic copy is made, and the relevant dates will have been stamped on your travel documents upon arrival.
Check today’s date: USCIS (Citizenship and Immigration Services) strongly recommends submitting your I-539 no less than 45 days before the date of expiration listed on your I-94. Your situation will need to be looked at by a USCIS agent if it has been less than 45 days; if the delay was for causes out of your control, your tardiness will be overlooked.
Make sure you are eligible: There are a number of categories into which non-immigrant visitors to the United States are divided. All of these will be allowed to submit an extension using I-539 save for a few. If you were admitted as one of the categories below, you will be unable to file an extension.
Review your non-immigrant category. Depending on the class of your admission as stated on your I-94 or the relevant travel documents, your submission process may differ. These categories are numerous and vary greatly. Look at the I-539 instructions found at https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-539instr.pdf for the full list of eligible non-immigrant categories, and the differences in the submission process for each.
Part 2 Filling your I-539
Gather the requested documentation. Depending on your class of admission (i.e., the sort of non-immigrant you are classified as), the documentation you’ll need to submit will vary greatly. You’ll need to visit the I-539 instructions linked above to discover just what is asked of you document-wise depending on your class of admissions.
Have the application’s fee ready. Regardless of the class of your admission (save for one or two exceptions) or the documents involved with your I-539 submission, there is a $290 fee required to submit your I-539. The USCIS requests that this $290 is submitted by check or money order.
File your I-539. Depending on your location, where you file your I-539 will vary. Call 1-800-375-5283 or visit www.uscis.gov/I-539 to figure out where to file your I-539 form. Remember to include all of the documentation requested when filing your I-539.
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