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Starting on March 15, 2023, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) removed the biometrics submission requirement and the $85 fee requirement for petitioners filing Form I-526E, Immigrant Petition by Regional Center Investor. While USCIS determined that universal biometrics collection is not necessary for all regional center investor petitioners, it may still request the submission of biometrics from a Form I-526E petitioner. USCIS has received hundreds of Form I-526E petitions filed with the biometrics fee since 2022 and plans to refund these fees in the coming weeks. Petitioners are advised not to contact USCIS for refunds. USCIS released a new version of Form I-526E dated 03/15/23, with updated instructions. Starting May 15, USCIS will only accept the new version of the form. Until then, petitioners can submit the former version of Form I-526E. Petitioners should know that the previous edition still contains instructions about the biometrics submission requirement that are now inaccurate. For more information from USCIS, please click here. If you or your company wants experienced immigration counsel, schedule a consultation today with one of our immigration attorneys at this link. Source


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