Biometrics Requirement for Form I-526E Petitioners waived off

Beginning March 15, USCIS is removing the biometrics submission requirement and $85 fee requirement for petitioners filing Form I-526E, Immigrant Petition by Regional Center Investor. Petitioners no longer need to submit the fee for biometrics services with their Form I-526E.

USCIS determined that universal biometrics collection is not necessary under INA 203(b)(5)(H)(iii) in connection with the filing of Form I-526E for all regional center investor petitioners in order to confirm compliance with INA 203(b)(5)(H)(i)-(ii).  However, we may request the submission of biometrics from a Form I-526E petitioner as may be necessary under INA 203(b)(5)(H)(iii), 8 CFR 103.2(b)(9), or under other applicable authorities.

USCIS has released a revised edition of Form I-526E dated March 15, with updated instructions.

Effective May 15, USCIS will accept only the March 15, 2023 edition of Form I-526E. Petitioners should be aware that the previous edition still contains instructions about the biometrics submission requirement that are no longer accurate.

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