USCIS Extends Temporary Biometrics Suspension
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the temporary suspension of the biometrics requirement for Form I-539 applicants seeking an extension or change of status in the H-4, L-2, and E-dependent categories will be extended until September 30, 2023. The current temporary biometrics suspension was due to expire on May 17, 2023.
Applicants in H-4, L-2 and E-1, E-2 or E-3 dependent categories will not be required to submit fingerprints and a photograph during the temporary biometrics suspension. USCIS can require the biometrics on a case-by-case basis for any applicant. And applicants may be scheduled for an application support center appointment to submit biometrics.
What Is Form I-539?
Form I-539 is an application used by nonimmigrants to extend or change their status while in the United States. The form must be filed with USCIS. If approved, allows individuals to remain in the United States for a longer period of time. Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, requires applicants to submit the $85 biometric services fee.
Upcoming Permanent Exemption Form I-539
In announcing the temporary biometrics suspension, USCIS confirmed that a permanent exemption will be established in the coming months, as was previously announced in the USCIS Fiscal Year 2022 Progress Report released in December 2022.
When the suspension of the biometrics requirement for I-539 applicants is made permanent, we will post an update.
Talk To An Immigration Lawyer To Change Your Immigration Status
U.S. immigration laws are confusing and change frequently. The guidance of an experienced immigration lawyer can save you time, money and stress – and prevent your application from being denied or delayed. Talk to the experienced immigration and naturalization attorney at Godoy Law Office to help you with your immigration case. If you need help with an immigration issue, please contact our office or call us at 630-912-0322.
We help clients in all 50 states.