In the United States, effective October 1, 2023, USCIS will “waive applicants the $85 fee for biometric services associated with Form I-539.”
That, according to Las Americas newspaper “This means that applicants will not have to pay this fee if the application is canceled on or after that date.”
On Monday, September 25, 2023, USCIS announced the waiver of the biometric services fee for Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.
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As of October 1, notification has been given USCISOn their website, they will waive the $85 fee for biometric services as part of the Form I-539 application process.
“You do not have to pay the fee if your application is postmarked on or after October 1,” he noted.
However, if you file your Form I-539 before October 1, you will still be scheduled for an ASC appointment and will have to show up for your appointment as scheduled.
In most cases, USCIS notes that applicants will not be scheduled for biometric services after October 1.
However, if USCIS deems biometrics are required, the applicant will receive a notification with information about attendance for their biometric services appointment.
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Incorrect submission of fees for biometric services
Several scenarios may arise:
- If you submit the biometric services fee in error and do so separately from the I-539 fee, they will refund the biometric services fee and accept the I-539.
- If you mistakenly submit a biometric services fee payment and the payment is combined with the paper Form I-539 filing fee, this is considered an invalid submission and the I-539 will be rejected.
- If you mistakenly authorize a credit card payment that combines the biometric services fee with the application fee, they will accept the order and charge only the application fee.
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the Biometric services fee waiver will apply to all applicants Who file their forms on or after October 1, including some applicants who file Form I-539 to request an extension of stay or change of status to H-4, L-2, or E for nonimmigrants for whom USCIS has already suspended biometrics Data requirements until September 30, 2023.
USCIS states that as stated in its FY 2022 USCIS Progress Report (PDF, 1.07 MB), the entity is committed to achieving the goal of eliminating the fee and biometric services requirement for all Form 1-539 applicants.