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Biometrics - What About It?

Posted by Christopher Keen | May 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Biometrics

Most applications require that your biometrics be gathered prior to adjudication and any required interview.  The law allows USCIS to gather this information.   8 CFR 103.2 (b)(9).  

What exactly is biometrics?

The biometrics gathered can be fingerprints, digital signature, and your photo may be taken.  

Will anyone from the law office accompany me to my biometrics appointment?

No.  The attorney does not need to be there.  We do not attend these appointments with you to avoid unnecessary cost.

Do I need to schedule my biometrics appointment?

No.  The scheduling is done automatically and you will receive a notice with the date, time, and place for you to appear.  

What if I need to change my appointment?

If you cannot attend for any reason, you can save a copy of the biometrics notice, and mail the original back to the address at the bottom of the biometrics form requesting that your appointment be rescheduled.  

What do I need to bring?

You need to bring the biometrics form and identification.  If your fingers have burns or temporary injuries you may be asked to wait and come back when they heal.  The instructions specifically request that you bring your green card for identification if you have one, your valid passport, or other government issued i.d.  If you do not have any of these, attempt to obtain one and if you cannot, talk to your lawyer as sometimes other forms of i.d. may be accepted.  Minors can use a school i.d.  

Where is the Salt Lake City Application Support Center?

If you are living in the Utah area, you will probably be sent to the Salt Lake City ASC.  It is located in the same office as the USCIS office, 660 S 200 E, Suite 400, Salt Lake City UT 84111.  Your biometrics notice will have the address of the location you should go to.  

What does the biometrics notice look like?

What do I need to do after my biometrics appointment?

Get a copy of the stamped biometrics form to your lawyer by texting an image to (801) 374-5336 or emailing to [email protected] or upload it directly to your Clio Connect matter.

I already gave my biometrics earlier. Do I still have to do it again?

Maybe not.  If USCIS already has your biometrics and can use them again, they will inform you by sending you a notice. 

Covid-19

Biometrics offices have been closed due to Covid 19 at the time of this writing.  Check your local ASC to see if they are open.

 

About the Author

Christopher Keen

As the founding attorney for Keen Law Offices, LLC, J. Christopher Keen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Brigham Young University. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Since that time, he has been admitted to practice before all of the state courts in Utah.

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