Published on May 5, 2021
On May 3, 2021, USCIS announced that it will no longer require certain H-4, L-2, and E visa holders who submit the Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, to complete biometrics after May 17, 2021. Specifically, USCIS will no longer require biometrics for H-4, L-2, E-1, E-2, or E-3 extension or change of status applicants who file their application on or after May 17, 2021, as well as applicants who have a pending Form I-539 extension or change of status application in one of these visa categories, who have not been issued a biometrics appointment notice as of May 17, 2021.
USCIS will retain discretion to require biometrics on a case-by-case basis, and may schedule applicants for a biometrics appointment to verify their identity or for screening purposes. If foreign nationals receive a biometrics appointment after May 17, 2021, attendance at the biometrics appointment is still advisable.
The suspension is a part of recent policies that USCIS has undertaken to address the extreme backlog of extension and change of status applications for H-4 and L-2 spouses.
We are closely monitoring any changes to nonimmigrant and immigrant visa application processing by USCIS. Please contact the Immigration Attorneys at Ryan Swanson if you have any questions.
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