The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended the suspension of the biometrics requirement for H-4, L-2, and E derivative changes of status and extensions of stay in the United States until September 30, 2023. This means that applicants filing Form I-539 for H-4, L-2, or E-1, E-2, or E-3 derivative status will not be required to attend a USCIS (USCIS Extends Temporary Suspension) biometrics appointment for fingerprint and photo capture during this.
However, USCIS retains the authority to request biometrics on a case-by-case basis if deemed necessary.
Furthermore, USCIS (USCIS Extends Temporary Suspension) has confirmed its intention to permanently eliminate the biometrics requirement for all Form I-539 applicants. The agency plans to establish this permanent exemption in the coming months, as previously announced in the USCIS Fiscal Year 2022 Progress Report, released in December 2022.
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