If you have started an immigration process, this article is for you. Your appointment for biometric data will arrive soon, so keep reading!
Depending on the type of immigration process you are starting, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will need to summon you to register your fingerprints.
If your immigration process requires it, USCIS will send you a notification to the address you have declared, with the information you will need for your appointment.
Approximately 5 to 8 weeks after submitting your immigration application, you will receive a notification from USCIS asking you to attend an interview and obtain your biometric data.
The biometrics appointment can be made at a local USCIS office, but it can also be made at the US consulate near where the alien lives. In addition to taking fingerprints and photography, the foreigner’s signature must also be recorded.
Usually the appointment for biometric data is very fast, depending on the number of people who have made an appointment on the same day and time, but once it is your turn, you will see that it will only take 10 to 15 minutes to register.
What are biometric data used for?
USCIS will need to register your fingerprints and your photograph as it will be used to match the FBI database and the Department of Homeland Security (DHL) and check if you have a serious criminal record or any past immigration violations.
The fee to be paid to perform the biometric data is $85 dollars. This amount must be paid at the time of filing your immigration process with USCIS.
The citation for the biometric data is the first thing that will happen after you have submitted your application to USCIS. Only the beneficiary of the immigration process must attend, it is not necessary for the sponsor to attend it, since the biometric data will not be taken from them.
What should you bring to your biometrics appointment?
- A photo ID, such as your passport or driver’s license.
- The notice you received from USCIS informing you of the date and place of your biometric services appointment.
- Any other notice or receipt notice you have received from USCIS.
- Any other documents that USCIS specifically requested in your appointment notice (generally, any previous employment authorization documents or travel permits issued in your name)
Depending on a few factors, you may be called for a second appointment for biometrics. This does not mean that there is something wrong with your process. Most of the time the second appointment is because the fingerprints were smudged and unusable.
It may also happen that your biometric data has expired before your application has been processed. The validity of biometric data is 15 months.
If you have not yet started any immigration process, our office can advise you legally so that you can start it and meet your immigration objectives. Our Immigration Law Office in the United States is here to help you.
We have an Immigration Lawyer office in Miami and Orlando. We can also coordinate a Zoom appointment so we can meet no matter where you are physically.
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