Biometrics Appointment – What to Expect – So, you have completed your application, petition, or request, and now you have received a letter from USCIS stating that you are scheduled for a biometrics service appointment. The purpose of this entry to help you understand what happens at your USCIS biometrics appointment, what to expect, and what to bring with you.
Understanding the Notice You Received
USCIS sends the appointment information on Form I-797C, Notice of Action. This form specifies the date, time, and location of your appointment. In the top right-hand portion of Form I-797C, you may see a code number. The most common codes are:
- Code 1 – This means that you will have to provide all ten (10) fingerprints at your appointment;
- Code 2 – Your photo will be taken, you will need to verify your signature, and your index finger print will be taken;
- Code 3 – Your photo will be taken, your index finger print will be scanned, and you will have to provide all ten (10) fingerprints at your appointment.
- Code 5 – This is a newer code being used by USCIS on its notices. From what we have seen, this means that only the fingerprints on your right hand will be taken.
What Should I Bring to My Biometrics Appointment?
You should plan on bringing the following items to your USCIS appointment:
- Form I-797C, Notice of Action, which is the appointment notice you received in the mail.
- A photo identification, such as a driver’s license, passport, or other government-issued I.D.
- Any other receipt notices pertaining to your case.
What If I Cannot Make My Appointment Time?
The notice you received should provide instructions on what to do if you need to reschedule your Appointment. If you are unable to reschedule the appointment yourself, you should contact an immigration attorney immediately.
After Your Appointment – What Next?
You will be provided with a stamp on your appointment notice to serve as proof that you attended. The next step in the process really depends on what type of immigration benefit you are trying to receive. For example, if you applied for a green card under a family-based petition, you may have to attend an interview in the future with your spouse. It could take several weeks to hear back from USCIS after your biometrics but you can always check the status of your case online if you have created a USCIS account.
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