On Jan. 20, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agreed to settle a class action lawsuit challenging H-4 and L-2 adjudication delays. According to this settlement, USCIS will now adjudicate I-539s and I-765s filed by H-4 and L-2 spouses and children at the same time as they adjudicate the I-129 filed for the principal, whenever these cases are filed together. In this context, the I-539 is the dependent’s application to extend or change to H-4 or L-2 status, the I-765 is the application for a spousal H-4 or L-2 EAD, and the I-129 is the petition to extend or change to H-1B or L-1 for the principal.
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