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Biometrics Suspended for I-539 Applicants

Biometrics Suspended for I-539 Applicants

USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) will suspend the biometrics requirement for some I-539 applicants for a two-year period, starting May 17, 2021. USCIS will allow I-539 applications to be processed based on biographic information and related background checks without capturing biometrics such as fingerprints and photographs. The temporary biometrics suspension applies to requests for an extension of stay in or change of status for these categories:

• H-4

• L-2

• E nonimmigrant status

USCIS can on a case-by-case basis require biometrics from applicants who would fit the criteria for this temporary suspension.

Due to the pandemic and related USCIS closures, furloughs and restricted services, they need to catch up on the processing backlog. This suspension of Biometrics requirements for certain I-539 applicants will speed that process going forward.

What Is An I-539 Visa?

Form I-539 is a USCIS Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. It is used by people currently in the United States in a non-immigrant status to change the classification of their status and/or extend their stay.

What Are Biometrics?

Biometrics is basically taking fingerprints and doing a criminal background check, When you apply for USCIS services including a work permit, citizenship, Green Card or a Green Card renewal a standard part of the process is biometric screening to confirm your identity and that the correct person is applying for the USCIS benefits. A biometric appointment may be required for adults and children over 14.

A full FBI background check and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) database check of non-citizens who have an immigration violation (such as crossing the border illegally) will be conducted using your biometrics.

If you have a criminal record, contact an immigration lawyer with experience in criminal defense before going to a USCIS biometrics appointment.

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