USCIS Accelerates Transition to Digital Immigration Processing, Announces I-539 Online Filing

On May 22, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new strategy, eProcessing, to accelerate USCIS's transition to a "digital business model." USCIS said eProcessing "will be a complete digital experience, from applying for a benefit, to communicating with USCIS, through receiving a decision on a case."

  • As a first step, certain visitors for business, visitors for pleasure, and vocational students can now file Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, online. Additional visa classifications are coming soon, USCIS said.
  • Included are single applicants (without co-applicants or legal/accredited representation) wishing to extend their stay who hold status as B-1 temporary visitors for business, B-2 temporary visitors for pleasure, F-1 academic students with a specific status expiration date, F-2 spouses or children of academic students with a specific expiration date, M-1 vocational students, and M-2 spouses or children of M-1 students.

Details: USCIS announcement regarding eProcessing, https://www.uscis.gov/news/news- releases/uscis-accelerates-transition-digital-immigration-processing-0; online I-539 filing, https://www.uscis.gov/i539online; USCIS announcement regarding I-539 online filing, https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/certain-nonimmigrants-can-now-file-form-i-539-online