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H-4 Delays ! Intentional ?

Most of you may be painfully aware that the processing of H-4 extensions and H-4 EAD renewals has soared since the introduction of biometrics appointments in March of 2019. They are no longer being processed in days but, in years. Allegations have been raised charging that the delays are intentional and designed to thwart the ability of H-4 holders to work as part of the Trump Administration’s stated goal to eliminate the H-4 EAD rule. A summary of these charges was recently published in Forbes. A Federal Court is being asked to consider these claims in Gona vs. USCIS, filed on Feb 6, 2021. A copy of the memorandum filed in support of a preliminary injunction can be found here. A Federal Court in Texas denied similar claims in late January in the Kolluri case. In the interim, we can only hope that the Biden Administration will implement internal changes so that the process is once again timely and efficient.

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