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In most cases, when a foreigner is applying for a green card or U.S. immigration, the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) will require the applicant to have a biometrics appointment. Biometrics is any anatomical or physiological data that identifies one individual from other. These are typically things such as a unique fingerprint, signature and photograph of the individual. Before a green card or immigration applicant has their interview or before their application is approved (or renewed), they may be required to submit a biometrics fee and will then be scheduled for a USCIS biometrics appointment.
The USCIS biometrics appointment will generally take place at a nearby USCIS-authorized Application Support Center. The green card/immigration applicant will be scheduled alongside a group of other applicants at the same date and time, and thus will be called in on a first-come first-serve basis once actually there. The process takes only approximately 20 minutes and consists of having fingerprints taken, having a photograph taken, and having a written signature documented. Once the USCIS biometrics appointment is complete, the applicant will receive a stamp on their appointment notice, which may be later given to the USCIS. The FBI will review the fingerprints to confirm the individual's identity and determine if he or she has committed any crimes or immigration violations.
If an individual fails to appear for his or her USCIS biometrics appointment, he or she may be denied their application for a green card or immigration benefits. The appointment may be rescheduled, but not ignored. In addition, if the fingerprints collected at the USCIS biometrics appointment show a criminal record or immigration violation, the individual may not find out until his or her immigration interview, in which he or she may then have their application denied. Not all crimes or violations result in denial of an immigration or green card application, thus it may be wise to seek an immigration lawyer for council.
If you have been scheduled for a USCIS biometrics appointment and have questions, an immigration attorney can assist you. They will be able to explain the process to you and represent you should you have any problems or conflicts. In addition, if you suspect you may have a criminal record or immigration violation in your past, an attorney can help you get a copy of your fingerprints record from the FBI before you attend your immigration interview. This can help you better prepare for the interview, as your attorney can help you deal with any crimes or violations on your record before the USCIS uses it for grounds for immigration denial.
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