How to request an extension of your stay in the United States

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If you need to extend your stay in the United States, follow these steps with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS):

Determine if it meets the general requirements

You can request an extension of your stay if:

  • The authorities of the United States admitted him legally with nonimmigrant status.
  • Your nonimmigrant status is current.
  • He has not committed any crime that takes away the right to receive immigration benefits.
  • There are no reasons that forced him to leave the US UU
  • Your passport is valid for the time you have requested to remain in the United States.

Complete the form I-539

You must complete the Extension or Change of Nonimmigrant Status Application (Form I-539) to extend your stay. Find the form to download, the instructions and the rate you must pay. In some cases, it is allowed to request a fee exemption.

Submit form I-539

You can apply to extend your stay before the expiration date on your I-94 form. You have the option to do so:

  • By mail: Find the address that corresponds to your situation.
  • In electronic form (e-filing). Some applicants may submit the form online (in English).
  • With the Electronic System of Immigration of USCIS (USCIS ELIS, acronym in English). You can access USCIS ELIS and file form I-539 electronically.
  • If you have questions about how to file your form, call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 (press 2 for Spanish), 1-800-767-1833 (TTY, for the hearing impaired).

Check the status of your extension request

The time to process the applications varies. You can find the average processing time of the USCIS (in English).

To check the status of your procedure follows the instructions:

  • Enter your case number to know the status of your application.
  • You can receive electronic notifications to your email about your application if you subscribe.
  • Remember that if you stay in the United States after the authorized date, you may be denied entry into the country in the future.

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