H-1B visa: Fingerprint requirement putting H-4 holders out of work ‘to be suspended’

The administration of President Joe Biden will suspend a requirement that spouses of H-1B visa holders get fingerprinted to renew their visas and work permits after many on the spousal visa were thrown out of work because government fingerprinting services are heavily backlogged, according to a new report.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it would suspend the biometric-collection mandate for H-4 visa holders starting May 17, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing an agency court filing in a federal court lawsuit over fingerprinting delays.

The fingerprinting rule was imposed in 2019 under the administration of former President Donald Trump, which had for years threatened to strip the right to employment from H-4

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