What Happens After Biometrics Appointment

What Happens After Biometrics Appointment

Certain applications from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) require you to attend a scheduled biometrics appointment. While the name might make the appointment sound intimidating, it is a simple part of the green card process. If you’re unsure of how to prepare for your USCIS biometrics appointment, it’s a good idea to speak with a qualified Phoenix immigration attorney.

If you are applying for immigration benefits with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, you will likely receive a biometrics appointment notice from them. Although this is a regular part of the immigration process, not knowing how to prepare can feel overwhelming.

An immigration lawyer with Ybarra Maldonado Law Group can help. Our team of professionals is highly skilled at handling all parts of the immigration process, including the green card interview questions, the biometrics appointments, and obtaining a permanent resident card.

We’re here for you if you need help with any part of the biometrics process. To schedule an appointment with us, please call 602-910-4040 today.

What Types of Citizenship and Immigration Services Applications Require a Biometrics Appointment?

Not every immigration process requires you to attend a biometrics appointment. However, those who apply for an immigration benefit with USCIS will usually need to attend one. Common examples include applications for an employment authorization document (work permit), a green card, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), and naturalization.

Below, we list some of the immigration application forms that require a biometrics screening:

  • Naturalization applications
  • Adjustment of status or permanent residence applications
  • Green card replacement or renewal
  • Temporary protected status applications
  • Petitions to remove conditions on residence

The purpose of biometric screening is partially to conduct a background check on your criminal record and any potential immigration violations. USCIS will cross-check your fingerprints, photo identification, and signature with the databases for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security.

Many people with a criminal record or immigration violations worry it will affect their immigration case. We recommend working with an experienced immigration attorney if you’re worried that anything will affect your application for a green card or immigration benefits.

What Is a Biometrics Appointment?

When you submit certain immigration applications to USCIS, you will receive a USCIS biometrics appointment notice. Conducting a biometrics screening of someone means taking their physiological and anatomical data to identify them. Most people have their fingerprints taken, have their photos taken, and produce a signature for biometric identification.

The appointment will be held at a USCIS Application Support Center (ASC). USCIS is responsible for sending you an appointment notice confirming your time slot.

The biometrics appointment notice we mentioned above will contain information about what to bring to your USCIS biometrics appointment.

Generally, you will to bring copies of the following documents with you to the Application Support Center (ASC):

  • Copy of the USCIS biometrics appointment notice (Form I-797C). If you received a second biometrics appointment notice, take a copy of this biometrics notice as well.

  • A valid form of photo identification, such as your driver’s license. If you use your passport as your photo identification, ensure it has not expired.

  • Any other receipt notices you have received from USCIS.

  • Any and all documents that USCIS requested that you bring.

You’ll also need to provide USCIS with any sensitive or confidential information they have requested.

Although it is not required to have legal representation attend your biometrics appointment at your scheduled appointment date, you can still ask your immigration lawyer to go with you. After all, it’s better to be over-prepared with an immigration lawyer than under-prepared when seeking a United States green card.

Importantly, there are also items that you should not take with you to the USCIS Application Support Centers for your scheduled appointment.

These items include the following:

  • Any electronic devices

  • Weapons or dangerous items

  • Food

  • Cameras or recording devices

Additionally, you won’t need to bring any money to your appointment time if you already paid the biometrics fee when you submitted your immigration benefit application. If you have not paid the fee, you will need to bring enough money to pay this fee before your biometric screenings.

How to Prepare for a Biometrics Appointment

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After submitting your immigration petition or form, a USCIS officer will schedule an appointment to collect biometrics from you. You will receive your USCIS Application Support Center (ASC) appointment notice within a few weeks after you submit your form. Your USCIS appointment notice will come in the form of a Form I-797C or Notice of Action.

Biometrics Appointment Notice

This Notice of Action contains important information about your biometrics appointment, including the following:

  • Date of the biometrics appointment

  • An appointment time

  • The location for your biometrics appointment, which is usually at your local Application Support Center (ASC)

  • Type of biometrics you will provide to your local USCIS office

The type of biometrics you will provide during your biometrics appointment includes the following:

  • Code 1: All 10 fingerprints only

  • Code 2: Photo identification, digital signature, and index fingerprint

  • Code 3: Photo identification, digital signature, index fingerprint, and all 10 fingerprints

What Happens at a Biometrics Appointment?

Usually, biometrics appointments take only 15 to 20 minutes total. You should plan to arrive at the local USCIS office on time or early for your biometric appointment. If the location listed in the appointment notices is not convenient for you, you can reschedule for another appointment at a different location. We recommend doing this as soon as possible, as any unnecessary delays could negatively impact your green card immigration application.

What Happens After a Biometrics Appointment?

“What happens after biometrics appointment” is one of the questions we’re asked most often.

After you complete your biometrics screening, the biometrics officer will stamp your biometrics appointment letter. This stamp confirms that you attended the ASC appointment and gave your biometrics for the background check. Always keep this USCIS biometrics appointment letter in a safe place. If, for some reason, your local USCIS office loses its records of your attendance, you can show this biometric appointment letter as proof that you did submit your information for the background check.

Then, you will wait to receive further information from USCIS concerning your background check and green card. Depending on the form or application you submitted that required biometric information, you might need to attend an additional green card interview. The green card interview is usually held at a USCIS Contact Center.

Why Did I Get a Second Biometrics Appointment Notice?

Sometimes, those applying for a green card will receive a second biometrics notice in the mail. The new appointment notice is normal, as it usually occurs due to smudged fingerprints that can’t be used for biometric screening. You will return to the USCIS service center that originally took your fingerprints and give them again if you receive a second biometrics appointment notice.

After completing biometrics and all necessary interviews, you may be waiting weeks to hear a status update on your case.

How Long After Biometrics Will I Get My Green Card?

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After your green card interview, you might have to wait weeks or even months to officially receive your green card. Even if you receive approval fairly quickly, it may take a while for USCIS to process your immigration application.

Most people receive their green card packet in the mail within 30 days of their official approval.

Note that this packet does not contain the actual green card. Instead, it includes important information regarding your shift into the culture of the United States.

If you are adjusting status, take a look at our timeline for adjustment of status for a better idea of how long the process may take.

Within 30 days after you receive your welcome packet, you should receive your lawful permanent resident card. We recommend that you look over the card carefully for any potential errors. If you have any questions about your green card, you can call your immigration lawyer or the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283.

Biometrics FAQs

To check your biometrics appointment online, log into your USCIS online account. You can view details of your actual appointment, download your appointment notice, and receive updates.

Dress in comfortable, respectful attire for your scheduled biometrics appointment. Avoid excessive jewelry or accessories that might interfere with biometric data capture when you attend your biometrics appointment.

The time between receiving your application receipt and scheduling biometrics varies, typically taking a few weeks to several months, depending on USCIS’s current workload.

The Green Card application process largely depends on the form or application you file with USCIS. Unfortunately, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) often deals with long wait times and processing times. While some people may only wait a few weeks, others might wait months before they even receive a biometrics appointment date. However, you can check the status of your case online.

The USCIS has a specific page dedicated to immigration case statuses. If you visit the Case Status Online page, you can enter the receipt number for your case. This allows you or your immigration attorney to check your case status.

Green card renewal processing time can take anywhere from 6 to 10 months after your biometrics appointment. However, if you wish to check the status of your case for an update, you can either contact USCIS directly or check your case status online.

Immigration law states that applicants should receive a notice about their work authorization within 90 days. However, with all the recent activity in immigration, cases have been taking much longer. Obtaining an employment authorization document after biometrics generally takes a few weeks to several months, depending on the specific circumstances and USCIS biometrics processing times.

If your child is listed on the USCIS biometrics appointment notice, they must attend the ASC appointment. If they are not listed, there is no need for them to attend the biometric appointment.

Yes. Generally, you will pay the biometric fee when you apply for certain immigration benefits that require biometrics. The fee is $85 for a one-time biometrics appointment. If you receive a second notice due to smudged fingerprints or another USCIS error, you will not need to pay another fee.

Yes, but you must establish good cause in order to reschedule the appointment. Those who wish to reschedule must call the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283. Additionally, you must call well before the scheduled appointment date and time in order to reschedule. Failing to do contact the USCIS Service Center before your scheduled biometrics appointment could result in USCIS considering your application abandoned. This could ultimately lead to a denial of your immigration application or petition.

Rescheduling a biometrics appointment can be done by following the instructions on the appointment notice. The new appointment date depends on USCIS scheduling availability and may vary.

Contact Our Phoenix Immigration Attorneys Today

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Immigration processes can be complicated, especially if you’ve never dealt with them before. Working with an experienced Phoenix immigration lawyer from start to finish could be the difference between an approval and a denial of your immigration application. If you’re stressed about your biometrics appointment or another immigration matter, Ybarra Maldonado Law Group is here for you.

We represent immigrants and their families across the state of Arizona in various immigration matters, including Phoenix naturalization legal representationPhoenix adjustment of status legal representationPhoenix deportation defensePhoenix immigration bond hearings, and much more. To schedule an appointment with our Phoenix law firm, please call 602-910-4040 today.

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