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What Can I Expect at an Immigration Biometrics Appointment in California?

Biometrics is a scientific term that describes the unique anatomical data that can be used to identify a person. Fingerprints are probably the most well-known example of a form of biometric data that is used by authorities. If you are applying to become a permanent resident, you will be required to attend a biometrics appointment and submit certain important information.

Although it may sound intimidating, a biometrics appointment is actually a relatively straightforward and routine process. In fact, the appointment usually only takes 30 minutes. Here, our California immigration lawyer provides a more detailed overview of what you can expect at a biometrics appointment in California.  

What is a Biometrics Appointment?

A biometrics appointment occurs in the early stages of the green card application process. Essentially, the purpose of the appointment is to obtain some basic information (biometric data) from the applicant. That data will be used to confirm that the applicant is who they say they are and that they have not committed any serious crimes or violated immigration law. During the appointment, an applicant will be required to submit: 

  • Fingerprints; 
  • A photograph; and/or
  • Their signature. 

You will know when and where to attend your biometrics appointment because you will receive an official notification from USCIS (Form I-797C, Notice of Action). Your notice should include a date, a specific time, and a location of your appointment. While these appointments can be rescheduled for good cause, it is best to attend on the scheduled date and get the biometrics issue out of the way.  

How to Prepare for Your Biometrics Appointment

In preparing for a biometrics appointment, it is imperative that you gather and organize all relevant documentation. Once again, you do not want to have your biometrics appointment delayed or rescheduled if it can be avoided. Specifically, you should bring the following things with you to your biometrics appointment: 

  • Your Form I-797C appointment notice; 
  • Any other relevant correspondence from USCIS; 
  • Work permits, travel permits, and other immigration documentation; and
  • A valid photo identification (passport, green card, driver’s license). 

As was mentioned, a biometrics appointment is not much cause for concern in most cases. Of course, there are exceptions. As an example, if you or your loved one has a criminal record, it may be advisable to get professional help before submitting your biometric data. An immigration lawyer can help you obtain relevant records before the biometrics appointment occurs. This way, you will be able to ensure that you are prepared to address any issues that might arise. 

Call Our Los Angeles, CA Immigration Attorney for Immediate Help With Your Case

At Goldstein Immigration Lawyers, we are committed to solving immigration problems. If you have questions about your biometrics appointment or your legal rights, our legal team can help. To schedule your confidential immigration consultation, please call us at (213) 262-2000 or reach out to us through our website. We represent clients in Los Angeles and throughout the surrounding region in Southern California.

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