On May 3, 2021, USCIS announced, through a declaration submitted in the Edakunni v. Mayorkas litigation, that it will suspend the biometrics requirements for certain I-539 applicants for a two-year period beginning on May 17, 2021.
The biometrics suspension will apply to the H-4, L-2, and E-1, E-2, and E-3 categories of Form I-539 applications if they are:
- pending on May 17, 2021, and have not yet received a biometric services appointment notice, and
- are new applications received by USCIS from May 17, 2021, through May 23, 2022.
USCIS is expected to issue guidance regarding the applicability of the biometrics suspension and biometrics fee. It is also expected that USCIS will not require the biometrics fee for the applicable categories during the effective period, but that USCIS will not refund any payments already made. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide any updates when available.
Should you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us at Younossi Law.