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Can I go in and have my biometrics taken before the date specified on my appointment You can try, but the ASC may refuse because normally they only capture biometrics from individuals who have appointments at the specified appointment time.
However, some of our clients have been successful inrics captured earlier than their scheduled appointment date.
Please note that the ASC has the discretion not to process your biometrics and if it does not, you will have wasted several hours at the ASC.
Therefore, we recommend that you appear only on your scheduled appointment date and time.7.
What documents should I take with me to the biometrics appointment? You should take the original biometrics appointment notice, your AOS receipt notice, both your AP and EAD receipt notices or approvals, and a photo identification document (passport, drivers license, etc.).
Documents required may change without warning, so we advise that you read your biometrics appointment notice carefully and bring all documents as requested on the notice.You can use the courtesy copy of the notice that our office will receive from the USCIS.
Our office will notify you when the courtesy copy is received and a scanned copy will be emailed to you by the paralegal handling your case.
If you do not receive the original, please contact us so that we can send you our courtesy copy.
The ASC should accept the courtesy copy.Yes, USCIS should place a Biometrics Processing Stamp on your Biometrics Notification confirming your biometrics have been processed.
Please forward a copy of the notification with the stamp to the staff member who is handling your I-485 AOS application.
Once my biometrics are captured, how long will it take before my AOS is approved? It depends on the USCIS Service Center where the application is pending.
Each has different processing times.For the most current processing dates, refer to our website at note that processing times do change and are beyond our control.
I understand that my biometrics are valid for only 15 months.What should I do if my You must wait for USCIS to issue you a second biometrics notice, which will typically occur closer to your processing date.
If this occurs, follow the directions as before.Do not expect USCIS to issue a second biometrics request exactly 15 months from your first biometrics appointment.
Additionally, a second biometrics request may not be required on every case.
Please note that there is currently no mechanism for attorneys or their clients to alert the USCIS and request new biometrics appointments.12.
I got my Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and Advance Parole (AP) directly from USCIS.
Should I send you a copy? Although we request that USCIS send your EAD and/or AP to our office, USCIS may send the documents directly to you.
If that occurs, please send a copy of your EAD and AP to the staff member handling your case so your record may be updated.
What is the next step after the biometrics are taken? After your biometrics are captured, your I-485 AOS application will remain pending.
As noted above, processing times vary among the USCIS Service Centers and can change without notice.Please refer to our website at for the latest processing time information.
You and/or your family may be requested to appear at an ASC for a second set of biometrics before your I-485 AOS application can be approved.
If/when the I-485 AOS application is approved, USCIS will send you a courtesy copy of the I-485 AOS approval notice and the original notice will be mailed to our office.
Once we receive the approval notice, we will contact you and will forward you the approval package with instructions..
Qa 063008June 24, 2008 Revised August 26, 2008Answers to National Stakeholder Questions
The next stakeholder meeting will be held on July 29, 2008 at 2:00 pm.Under the new re-entry permit procedures, applicants receive biometrics appointment notices in the United States after they file their I-131 applications.
We have encountered several individuals who (due to the fact that they did not have prior notice of these new requirements) had already purchased airplane tickets to return to the United States for a limited period of time during which they planned to file an I-131 application.
In many cases, these individuals only made travel arrangements to be in the United States for a period of one week or less
In the past, this did not affect I-131 processing as biometrics appointments were not required, and the applicant could file the application and then depart, however, this is no longer the case.
In general, once an I-131 application is filed, the how long does it take before a biometrics appointment is issued and does this vary according to ASC location?
For normal I-131 processing, applicants will be scheduled for a biometric appointment approximately three to four weeks after receipt of the I-131, and this time estimate is consistent for all ASC locations.
Expedited processing is made available by the Nebraska Service Center on a case-by-case basis.
Instructions for requesting an expedited application are detailed on the Form I-131 Instructions, Rev.05/27/08.
If approved for expedite, the NSC has the capability of scheduling an applicant for an expedited biometrics appointment.The ASC appointment notices that we have seen instruct the applicant to send a request for rescheduling to the ASC where the appointment was originally scheduled.
If an applicant receives a biometrics appointment but has to reschedule it, how does the reschedule procedure work?
Once the ASC staff member receives a request, s/he pulls up the current appointment in the scheduler, verifies the applicants information, makes changes if appropriate (eg.
address changes), and reschedules for the next available appointment or by date.
New notices are automatically generated and sent.
May an applicant request that the biometrics appointment be rescheduled during a certain time frame (i.e.one week July 10-July 17) or after a certain date/point in time when they will be back in the U.S.for a longer period of time?
Yes, on both points, if emergent circumstances warrant exceptional handling of the Who at an ASC considers these requests for rescheduling and what guidance has USCIS provided to ASCs about rescheduling appointments?
Rescheduling requests can be made by the ASC Manager, Site Supervisor, or other staff trained on the scheduler.
Standard Operating Procedures are provided on the process of rescheduling applicants and on use of the scheduling system.May a request be made to have the ASC appointment in an area of the country other than where the original ASC appointment was scheduled and if so, how should such a request be made? Yes, address changes should be noted in the rescheduling request.If an applicant mails a request for rescheduling, but does not receive the new appointment before the t verify that the request is being processed?
omer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 to receive an update on the ASC appointment currently noted in the scheduling system.If the client experiences a delay in the processing of their reschedule greater than 30 days, they should contact the NCSC.
USCIS will follow up directly with the appropriate ASC to make sure that the appointment is edules the biometrics appointment, does this impact the processing of the I-131 application (will the process take longer)?
Yes, delay of the biometric processing necessarily delays overall processing of the If an applicant has had their biometrics taken in connection with another application (i.e.
I-485) within the past 15 months, can those biometrics be used for the I-131 application?
The 15-month window refers to the validity of the response from an FBI background check, based on the submission of an applicants ten-print fingerprints.
For application types that require biometric images (photograph, signature, and 131, in most cases a new set of biometric images must be captured to associate with each application.What is the status of the study guide for the new citizenship test?a.
In the past, the Office of Citizenship had discussed creating two study guides, one at the intermediate level and one for low-level English spNo.On September 27, 2007, the Office of Citizenship released the new naturalization test questions and answers for civics and the new English vocabulary, which constitutes the main study resource for the naturalization English and civics test.
To promote civic learning as part of the naturalization process, the Office of Citizenship will provide study materials for immigrants and teacher training resources for educators and volunteers.
In the self-study category, USCIS will provide an updated version of Learn About the United States: Quick Civics Lessonstinguish the document from the previous version.
The new Quick Civics Lessons will be online October 1, 2008.
Free dissemination to all naturalization applicants at Application Support Centers will begin on October 1, 2008.
During the transition period between October 1, 2008 and October 1, 2009, when both the current (old) and new
Quick Civics Lessons will include the civics questions and answers for the current (old) test.
In addition, the Office of Citizenship will revise the Civics
to reflect new test content and will introduce English Vocabulary Flash Cards for the Civics Flash Cardshttp://www.uscis.govthrough the U.S.