Form I-539, Application To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status
If your dependents are inside the US and need to change to, or extend their status, they must file the Form I-539. As a courtesy to our employees, we will include your dependent(s) application with the employee's immigration petition if you choose to file a paper I-539. Some dependents can file the I-539 online. To see if your dependent can file the I-539, check their eligibility on the USCIS website.

If you choose to file a paper application, here are a few resources/tips.
  • USCIS Filing Fees - look under Form I-539 near end of this e-doc
    • USCIS will accept filing fees in the form of a personal check or money order from a U.S. bank payable to the “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”. This cannot be paid or reimbursed by the UW.
    • You can include all fees in one check or money order.
    • How to write a check
  • For a list of suggested documents to submit for dependents, look at the scholar checklist linked in the instructions on the Documents tab - dependent documents are usually at the end of that checklist
  • Upload, drop off, or mail your Form I-539 petition and filing fees to the address listed below. For shipping options, please see the eShipGlobal Instructions (or you can use another way to mail these to us; using eShipGlobal is only optional). Include the UW employee's name when mailing us filing fees so that we know whose application it goes with. 
21 N. Park Street, Suite 5101
Madison, WI 53715

What if my dependents are outside the US?
H-4, O-3, TD, and E-3D dependents who are outside the U.S. do not need to file the I-539. These dependents obtain their status by requesting a visa appointment at a U.S. Consulate/Embassy and presenting the employee’s approval notice (the I-797A or B) along with the marriage certificate (for spouses) or birth certificate (for children under the age of 21). EXCEPTION: TD dependents who are exempt from obtaining a US visa stamp will obtain TD status at CBP when entering the US. 

IFSS cannot advise on the Form I-539 since it is a personal petition. We cannot give legal advice to an employee’s family member(s). As a courtesy to the employee, we will send the Form I-539 with the supporting documentation along with the employee’s petition. We will not review the I-539 for completeness or for errors.

IFSS cannot submit an I-539 if we are not filing a petition for the employee. The I-539 can be filed separately from the employee’s H-1B petition, independently on your own via paper or online. If you or your dependents would like assistance on the I-539, please consult an immigration attorney. IFSS can provide a list of local attorneys, if requested.
Additional Resources:
Who Can Be a Dependent?
Dependent Work Permission