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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Fingerprinting Appointments for I-539 Extension and Change of Status

If you filed an I-539 application to change or extend your nonimmigrant status in the United States, you may wonder why you never received an appointment notice for your biometrics appointment.  The USCIS Ombudsman Office has confirmed that USCIS does not send out paper biometrics appointment notices to the applicants by mail for I-539 applications that were filed online.  

The I-539 application is used for a foreign national in the United States to request for a change or extension of his/her nonimmigrant status.  For examples, a B-1 visitor may request for an extension of her stay for a business meeting; a B-2 visitor may need to change his status to F-1 to pursue a university degree, etc. 

Most I-539 applicants have to attend a biometrics appointment (also called an ASC appointment) as part of the application process.  If the I-539 is filed online electronically, USCIS will not mail a paper appointment notice for the ASC appointment. Instead, the applicant must download the notice from his/her USCIS online account.  In fact, an applicant may use their online account to: 

  • View and print his/her biometric services appointment notice;
  • Receive status updates about the case;
  • Respond to Requests for Evidence; and
  • Update his/her contact information.

It is advised that the applicants check their online account regularly to ensure that they don't miss important documents or information from USCIS.  Applicants may also sign up for text notifications for case updates.

(Immigration laws and policies change regularly.  If you have any questions regarding this article, please visit www.1visa1.com to schedule a legal consultation.) 

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