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USCIS will stop collecting biometric data of immigrants: who will be affected

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will remove the biometric data collection requirement for some EAD applicants - H-4, H-1B, L-1, L-2 and E. Fragomen.

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These spouses are eligible for derivative work visas under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). By law, USCIS is required to process these visa applications within 30 days, and previously they were considered for months, writes Boundless.

The move came after a class action lawsuit was filed alleging that the claim caused significant delays, resulting in visa holders losing their jobs.

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Major tech companies, including Google, signed the amicus protocol in support of the lawsuit, saying the processing delays had a negative impact on business in the United States.

This ruling is expected to apply to spouses' EAD applications if they are pending hearing from May 17, 2021 and have not yet received notification of the appointment of biometric data collection by May 23, 2022.

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However, until USCIS officially announces that it will stop collecting biometric data, applicants who receive a notice of data collection must schedule their visit on time. Failure to show up at a biometric appointment may result in you not receiving your visa.

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