U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it is exempting the biometric services fee for Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.
Beginning October 1, 2023, USCIS is exempting the $85 biometric services fee as part of the application process for Form I-539, which includes those apply for H-4 and L-2 status, among others. Applicants should not pay the biometrics fee if the application is postmarked on or after October 1st.
For those who file prior to October 1st, the biometrics fee will still be required and an ASC appointment will be scheduled. For cases filed after October 1st, USCIS may still determine that biometrics are required, in which case the applicant will receive a notice with information about appearing for their biometric services appointment.
Overall, this is great news not only in terms of lower cost, but also for streamlining the approval process.
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