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May 13, 2021 | E-2, E-3, Featured, H-1B, H-4 EAD, Immigration, L-2

Effective May 17, 2021, USCIS will temporarily suspend the biometrics submission requirement for certain applicants filing Form I-539 to request an extension of stay in or change of status to H-4, L-2, and E nonimmigrant status. The suspension will apply through May 17, 2023.

The suspension will apply to categories of Form I-539 applications as follows:

  1. I-539s that are either pending as of May 17, 2021, and have not yet received a biometric services appointment notice; or
  2. New applications postmarked or submitted electronically on or after May 17, 2021.

USCIS will begin rejecting paper Form I-539 applications postmarked May 27, 2021, or later, if applicants meeting USCIS’s criteria submit a single payment covering both the filing fee and the $85 biometric services fee.  For more detailed information, please see attached PDF

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