USCIS, which is the immigration agency, had temporarily suspended fingerprinting for status extension or change of status applications for H-4, L-2, or E visas filed by using Form I-539. The duration of this suspension has been extended.
Initially applied until May 17, 2023, the suspension mentioned at the beginning of this entry has been extended until September 30, 2023.
So, what does this mean for those applying for nonimmigrant statuses? Normally, when you filed these applications, what did USCIS do? They would call you for an appointment to take your fingerprints and photograph you, in other words, collect your biometric data. Now, USCIS will evaluate these applications for specific categories based on biographic information and relevant background checks without taking biometric data. However, this does not mean that none of these applicants will be called for an appointment. USCIS retains the authority to request biometric data if necessary.
Important note: During the suspension period, these individuals are also exempt from the $85 biometric services fee.
For detailed information, you can contact our office or schedule an appointment through our website.