On Feb. 11, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its plan to release a revised Form I-539 and a new form I-539A. Both forms are for applications to extend/change non-immigrant status.
Unfortunately, this unexpected announcement would lead to even longer USCIS processing times for non-immigrant visa applications (currently taking six to nine months) and additional processing fees.
Immediately following this announcement, there were many concerns regarding how USCIS was going to transition to the revised form. As a result, USCIS agreed to modify its plan, including a ten day grace period for those who file with the old version of the form.
Thus, USCIS will publish the revised Form I-539 and the new Form I-539A on its website on March 8, 2019, and will began accepting these new forms on March 11, 2019. Also, USCIS will continue to accept the old Form I-539 if it is received at a USCIS Lockbox by close of business on March 21, 2019.
For more information, check the following link from the USCIS website: https://bit.ly/2H4NqO5
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