U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has agreed to return to its practice of “bundling” H-4 and L-2 applications for dependent status and employment authorization with the principal’s H-1B or L-1 application. The change is expected to improve processing times for H-4 and L-2 applicants and was agreed to last week as part of a legal settlement.
BAL Analysis: Under the settlement, the applications must be filed together to be processed concurrently. The return to USCIS’ previous practice for adjudicating H-4 and L-2 applications is expected to ease the delays these individuals have been facing; however, at this time delays should still be expected as USCIS continues to work through its current case backlog. BAL will continue to follow this issue and will provide updates as information becomes available.
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