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COVID-19: USCIS Continues Processing Applications for Employment Authorization Extension Requests Despite Closures

  1. Date Announced

    March 30, 2020

    COVID-19: USCIS will reuse previously submitted biometrics to process valid Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) renewals until the Application Support Centers reopen for biometrics capture. [ID #590]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    March 18, 2020
  3. Subsequent Action

    September 23, 2020

    Most ASC offices have reopened, though some remain closed or have restricted hours. Thus, this covid-19-related exception to the biometrics requirement is likely considered to no longer be in effect for most places.

    USCIS website: ASC Office Closings
Status: Expired
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Prior Policies

  • As noted in the Form I-765 Instructions, USCIS may require that an applicant appear for an interview or provide biometrics (fingerprints, photograph, and/or signature) at any time to verify identity, obtain additional information, and conduct background and security checks before making a decision on an application or petition. After USCIS receives the employment authorization application and ensures it is complete, USCIS will inform the individual in writing if s/he needs to attend a biometric services appointment. If an appointment is necessary, the notice will provide you the location of the local or designated USCIS Application Support Center (ASC) and the date and time of the appointment.

    Form I-765 Instructions

Subsequent Action

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