Application to Extend Visitor Visa - USA

You can make the application to extend visitor visa either by mail or you can eFile it. In either case, you will have to send the supporting documents by mail anyway.
  • Paper Application

    Form I539 (Extension of stay/change of status), along with all the documents above should be filed to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility.

    • For U.S. Postal Service:

      USCIS
      P.O. Box 660166
      Dallas, TX 75266

    • For Express mail and courier deliveries:

      USCIS
      Attn: I-539
      2501 S. State Highway 121 Business
      Suite 400
      Lewisville, TX 75067

    Before mailing the application, documents and fees, make a photocopy of everything and keep it in a safe place. Use certified mail (or trackable courier such as FedEx or UPS) to send your application with a return receipt requested. This can be done at any U.S. post office. This gives you the assurance that USCIS really received your application and in case of any trouble, you can prove that you sent the application before the expiration of the I-94. This will help you insist USCIS locate your application in case they lose it.

    E-Notification
    If you are filing at a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may elect to receive an email and/or text message (SMS) notifying you that your application has been accepted.

    You must complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of your application.

  • ELIS (Electronic Filing)

    You can also apply online at USCIS ELIS. Please note that this is different from earlier eFiling where you had to still mail in all the documents. It is not required in this method any more.

    Once you submit your application online, you can scan and upload additional documents or evidence into USCIS ELIS at any time until they make a decision on your case. Once you log into your account, go to "View my cases" and select the appropriate case. After you select "GO", you will see a link on which you will click to upload additional documents.


Application Processing
When USCIS receives your application, it will enter your application into their system and send you the 'Receipt'.

Sample Receipt Notice

Keep the receipt in a safe place. It may take up to 4 to 6 weeks before you actually receive the receipt. Once USCIS makes the decision, they will mail you either the approval or denial letter. In rare cases, they may call you for an interview at the local USCIS office.

If USCIS wants further information before processing your case, all documents you submitted will be returned along with form I-72 that tell you what additional information or documents are required. You should supply additional documents and information and mail the entire package back to USCIS service center.

Visitors Visa Extension Tracker
As the processing timings for visitors visa extension vary all the time, there is really no precise way to know when your application will be processed. Therefore, we have developed Visitors Visa Extension Tracker where you can enter all your details. Even though it does not show any information that you don't provide yourself, if many people entered their data promptly, it would help others (and you) estimate the processing times.

Responding to RFE notice
If you receive an RFE notice asking for additional documents, you can upload the documents electronically. Login into your ELIS account and click on "view/upload evidence". You can upload the documents in bmp, doc, jpg, pdf, or tif file format. Uploaded evidence must not exceed 6 megabytes (MB). For any difficulties, please contact USCIS customer service at (800) 375-5283.

In case you are unable to upload all of your documents in response to an RFE (such as due to technical problems or due to size limitations), you can mail in the rest of the documents. In that case, please send an email to elismailsupport@uscis.dhs.gov and let them know that you will be mailing in additional documents.

Mail the documents to
Vermont Service Center
ATTN: USCIS ELIS
75 Lower Welden St.
St. Albans, VT 05479

Make sure to include your name, USCIS ELIS account ID number and USCIS ELIS case receipt ID number (the letters IOE plus 10 digits) on the cover page of any supporting documents.