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USCIS Must Now Adjudicate H-4, H-4 EAD, and L-2 Together with I-129

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Major settlement requires USCIS to adjudicate H-4, H-4 EAD, and L-2 together with Form I-129. This historic settlement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Edakunni v. Mayorkas, provides structural changes for nonimmigrant H-4 and L-2 spouses suffering from long-delayed processing times which often lead to delayed employment authorization. These delays started due to the institution of the biometrics requirement in 2019 and the decision by USCIS to no longer process I-539s and I-765s concurrently with I-129s.

The government and plaintiffs have signed off on a settlement in which USCIS would agree to return to bundling the adjudication of I-539s and I-765s for H-4 and L-2 derivatives along with the underlying I-129 when these forms are filed together. Note, if the forms are filed separately, USCIS will not bundle the adjudication.

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