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Key Points
  • USCIS will temporarily suspend biometrics requirements when processing H-4, E-dependent, and L-2 applications
  • The biometrics waiver will reduce application processing times
  • The waiver applies to applicants seeking visas extensions and employment authorization
  • USCIS will suspend the visa waiver requirements due to a class action lawsuit. This suspension will be in effect for a two-year period, beginning on May 17, 2021.
On May 17, 2021, US Citizenship, and Immigration Services (USCIS) will remove biometrics requirements for H-4, E, and L-2 applications filed on Form I-539.
What are the Changes? 
By suspending biometrics requirements for the categories above, USCIS will shorten application processing timelines for the affected categories. The biometrics waiver applies to dependents of H-1B, L-1, E-1, E-2, and E-3 visa holders who are seeking visa extensions and employment authorization.
USCIS has suspended biometrics requirements for the categories above because of a class action lawsuit recently filed by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Looking Ahead 
Updates will be provided as available.
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