The transfer got here in response to a category motion lawsuit filed by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Wasden Banias.
“USCIS confirms it will suspend biometrics for ALL #h4 and #L2 applications as of May 17, 2021, in court filing in Seattle late Monday night… This is a necessary first step to restoring sanity to #H4EAD and #L2EAD adjudication times,” the regulation agency Wasden Banias tweeted.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services didn’t instantly reply to an e-mail searching for remark.
There have been a number of delays in processing the employment authorisation paperwork (EAD) for H4 visa holders, over 90% of whom are Indian girls. “It’s painful for the more than 100,000 people who have lost work because of government ineptitude. It is the first step in fixing this problem. However the agency still needs to fix a system full of broken processing. Until we return to concurrent filing of applications we will see delays persist,” stated Jonathan Wasden, associate, Wasden Banias.
In April, a lawsuit was filed towards the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) difficult the extraordinary processing delays on extensions of standing and extensions of EAD for H-4 and L-2 non-immigrant spouses.
“We are thrilled USCIS has decided to rescind its biometrics requirement for H4 and L2 non-immigrants. But there is a lot more that needs to be done to restore predictability, sanity, and faith in the H and L visa programs. We are hopeful this is only the first concession we are able to get out of our litigation efforts,” stated Bradley Banias, associate, Wasden Banias.
“The delays that H-4 and L-2 non-immigrants are facing needlessly place families in financial limbo…. DHS can and must revoke the unnecessary biometrics requirements for H-4 and L-2 non-immigrants, provide automatic work authorization while DHS processes EAD renewal requests, and allow EAD applicants to file their renewal applications sooner than 180 days prior to EAD expiration to prevent gaps in work authorization,” Jennifer Minear, President of AILA had stated whereas submitting the lawsuit.