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Premium Processing Eliminated for Work Visa Dependent Family Applications

In March 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)implemented revisions to work visa family member applications (including H-4 and L-2 dependents) to require biometrics fees and appointments for each family member regardless of age. Biometrics are generally completed about a month after filing and therefore are not completed within a 15-day premium processing timeline. As a result, USCIS announced that it will no longer provide premium processing service to dependent family applications submitted with primary worker petitions. We estimate that dependent family application and accompanying H-4 or L-2 employment authorization application processing will likely take six months. Applicants should assess potential gaps in work authorization during processing. 

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Kimberly A. Clarke, Varnum, Immigration Lawyer
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Kim focuses her practice on immigration matters, including nonimmigrant petitions, both employment- and family-based permanent residence applications, expatriation and foreign visa issues. She has developed a strong background in the area of worker verification issues and managed clients through internal and agency Form I-9 audits, USICE compliance investigations and civil criminal charges.

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