USCIS will temporarily suspend the biometrics submission requirement for certain applicants filing Form I-539, requesting an extension of stay in or change of status to H-4, L-2, and E nonimmigrant status. USCIS will allow adjudications for those specific categories to proceed based on biographic information and related background checks, without capturing fingerprints and a photograph. This suspension will apply through May 17, 2023, subject to affirmative extension or revocation of the suspension period by the USCIS director. However, USCIS retains discretion on a case-by-case basis to require biometrics for applicants who meet certain criteria, and any applicant may be scheduled for an application support center appointment to submit biometrics.

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USCIS temporarily suspends biometrics requirements for certain Form I-539 applicants.