Change of Status for Husband and wife in one application

Asked about 1 year ago - San Jose, CA


I am currently on H1 and wife on H4, I want to apply our change of status - mine H1 to F1 and wife's F1 to F2.

1. Can I apply both our COS in one form I-539?
2. Do I pay COS fees per head or per form (ie $290 or $580)??
3. If per head, can the fees be combined in one check or two separate checks required?
4. If we apply both our COS together, can we do electronic filing? Any pros/cons to it like faster approval or more chances of RFE?

Appreciate your inputs.

Additional information

Sorry for typo... wife's change of status would be H4 to F2 NOT F1 to F2.

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  1. Alexander Joseph Segal

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    Answered . Mr. Behar is quite correct.

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  2. Giacomo Jacques Behar


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    Answered . 1. Yes.
    2. Per I-539 Form. Read the instructions. They are written in very simple language.
    3. Only one check, one fee is required.
    4. NEVER do an electronic filing with USCIS if you can help it. System full of glitches = guaranteed RFE!

    Behar Intl. Counsel 619.234.5962 Kindly be advised that the answer above is only general in nature cannot be... more
  3. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . 1. No, different statuses.
    2. One fee per form
    4. Pros: None. Cons: problems with the e-form.

    You should retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts, advise you, and handle the case. You can find one through

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