Update 25 Mar, 2020 – USCIS has extended the cancellation of all biometric appointments from Apr 1 to Apr 7. Earlier, USCIS had closed all ASC centers starting Mar 18, 2020 until April 1.
The Apr 7 date can be extended if Coronavirus emergency is still active.
BAD NEWS for H4-EAD, L2EAD. H4, L2 extensions will be affected. EAD approvals will be delayed severely! Job losses imminent as there is no automatic 180 day extension available for L2 and H4 EAD dependents.
USCIS will automatically reschedule biometric appointments when the ASC centers open again.
They will send the new appointment notice by mail within 90 days.
The biometric appointment cancellation will delay your H4 and H4 EAD approval.
Standalone H4 EAD and L2 EAD may not be affected as they do not need biometrics.
Coronavirus closures and refusal to accept walk-ins at nearest ASC centers might increase the overall processing time for H4, L2, B1/B2 extensions within USA.
USCIS is will not automatically re-schedule appointments for Canadian and United Kingdom visa applicants.
You have to contact Canada and UK visa agencies for rescheduling your fingerprints appointments.
We do not anticipate any delays if your H4 biometric has already been completed.
You can consider yourself lucky that your fingerprints have already been taken.
Walk-In to Other Biometric Center
USCIS announced on Mar 17 that they won’t accept walk-in appointments due to Coronavirus threat.
On other normal days, many people have reported earlier that they were able to visit a different center than the one scheduled when they walked in at a closest center for their H4 biometric.
We recommend walking-in after 3 PM as this is the time that Application service centers have the lowest number of scheduled appointments. They are more eager to attend you if they do not have other people with appointments.
USCIS biometric centers take fingerprints for all types of cases including H4, L2, Canada visa and other US immigrant visa cases.
If you delay your biometrics by waiting for USCIS to reschedule appointment, you will delay your case processing time as well.
H4 EAD approval can be delayed if H4 biometrics is not completed. Do you know that upgrading H1B to premium after biometrics increases chances of EAD approval within 15 days?
Source: USCIS CoronaVirus Update.