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Navigating USCIS Biometrics Appointments: What You Need to Know

For many people navigating the immigration process, uncertainty looms large, especially when it comes to USCIS biometrics appointments. Clients may have questions, concerns, and sometimes even fears about what these appointments entail. Some of the most common questions we receive are: "What actually happens at a USCIS biometrics appointment? Will I be asked any questions?"

When you file an application with USCIS, a biometrics appointment may be required.  The biometrics appointment involves providing your fingerprints, photograph, and digital signature at a designated Application Support Center (ASC). These biometric data points are then used by the FBI to conduct a background check, searching for any prior arrests, convictions, or other pertinent information. This information may also be used in the production of your work card or green card. 

It is understandable why some individuals might feel concerned, particularly if they lack valid immigration status or have had past encounters with law enforcement. Additional questions may arise, such as "Will I be arrested or detained at my biometrics appointment?" It is important to note that a history of arrests, convictions, or deportations may impact the outcome of your case. However, the biometrics appointment itself is primarily focused on collecting these data points and does not involve questioning or decision-making regarding your case's merits. Generally speaking, the likelihood of arrest or detention at a biometrics appointment is low. While rare circumstances could potentially lead to involvement from agencies like ICE, such as an outstanding warrant, in our experience, this occurrence is uncommon.

If you are scheduled for a biometrics appointment, it is essential to attend your scheduled biometrics appointment. Failure to do so could result in your application being denied for failure to attend a required appointment. If circumstances arise that prevent you from attending your appointment, such as illness or scheduling conflicts, it is crucial to notify USCIS as soon as possible and request to reschedule.

If you have any further questions or concerns about your biometrics appointment or other U.S. immigration matters, please do not hesitate to contact Blaker and Granet, LLP


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