What’s With All Those Biometrics Notices
November 1, 2005

Applicants for permanent residence in the U.S. (adjustment of status) are receiving multiple notices to appear for biometric fingerprinting after submitting their applications. With new biometric technology being employed for the production of Alien Registration Cards (“green card”) and Employment Authorization Documents (“EAD”), applicants may find themselves being directed to appear on multiple occasions at their local Application Support Center to provide their fingerprints and signature, with separate appearances being required for the production of EAD’s and green cards.

Some employment based adjustment of status applicants are even receiving biometric appointment notices following the approval of their permanent residence applications.

Since it is likely the biometrics request is being sent for a specific reason, applicants questioning the need to appear on multiple occasions should err on the side of caution and just appear whenever they receive a request.

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