Form I-539 Is No Longer Eligible For "Courtesy" Premium Processing

July 17, 2019

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has indicated that will no longer offer courtesy premium processing to I-539 applications that are filed jointly with an I-129 petition. An I-539 petition is the petition used to extend the status of H-4 and L-2 dependents, among other visa types.

I-539 applicants are instead separated from an I-129 petition. As a result, I-539 applications will not be eligible for premium processing.

This change comes after USCIS revised form I-539 and published the new form I-539A. USCIS stated it can no longer offer its courtesy premium processing service I-539 applications because of the addition of biometric requirements for all I-539 applicants.

It generally takes three weeks to complete I-539 biometrics, which means it would be difficult for USCIS to meet the premium processing’s 15 day guarantee.

What Do I Need To Know?

Be aware that I-539 applications may now take longer to adjudicate than the I-129 petition. You can view current processing times for form I-539 here.

For additional information, please contact your Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional.

Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Ryan Bay, who is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates, P.C. (, Envoy’s affiliated law firm.

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