The biometrics requirement for certain I-539 applicants will be suspended for a two-year period beginning May 17, 2021. The biometrics suspension will apply to the H-4, L-2, and E-1, E-2, and E-3 categories of Form I-539 applications if they are (1) pending on May 17, 2021, and have not yet received a biometric services appointment notice, or (2) are new applications received by USCIS from May 17, 2021, through May 17, 2023.
The $85 biometrics fee will not be required during this period. USCIS will not refund any biometrics fees already paid to USCIS.
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