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Dependents outside the U.S.:
All dependents who plan to enter the US in E-3 status must apply for an E-3 visa stamp at a US Consulate outside the US. Please visit the Consulate’s website for items needed to apply for the E-3 visa. Do not complete a Form I-539 for Dependents who are not currently holding a nonimmigrant status (e.g. H-4, J-2, F-2) in the U.S.
Dependents holding a valid Nonimmigrant status in the U.S. who wish to change or extend status:
Every applicant and co-applicant will receive a biometric services appointment notice, regardless of age, containing their individual receipt number. The biometric services appointments will be scheduled at the Application Support Center (ASC) closest to the primary applicant’s address. Co-applicants who wish to be scheduled at a different ASC location should file a separate Form I-539.
All dependents of the applicant who are already in the US and need to extend E-3 status or change status to E-3 must complete and sign a Form I-539.The application fee for the I-539 is $370, regardless of the number of applicants, but this does not include the $85 biometric fee for each applicant/co-applicant.
Use the following guidelines when you prepare your checks or money orders for the Form I-539 filing fee and biometric services fee:
If more than one Dependent of the H-1B applicant is applying for E-3 status, the eldest dependent (usually the spouse) should complete and sign the application and the additional dependents should be listed on Supplement-1. If all Dependents applying for E-3 status are minors (under the age of 18 years), the oldest child should sign the I-539 in Part 5 if s/he is 14 years old or older. If the dependent filing the form is younger than 14 years old, the applicant should sign Part 5 AND Part 7, Signature of person preparing form, if other than above, indicating “Parent of Minor”.