Today (11/06) I attended my biometrics appointment, so this post will be giving you some insight into what to expect and what to bring with you so that you are prepared.
What do you need to bring?
- Appointment Letter
- Government Issued Photographic ID (I took my passport!)
What do you wear?
- Everyone was really casually dressed. I wore dark jeans, a grey sweater and a pair of black converse
- Wear what makes you comfortable and just remember whatever your wearing your top half will be visible in your photograph
What happens first?
My appointment was for 9:00am, but I arrived 10 minutes early which was good as I beat the rush of people who came in shortly after me. I handed my documents over to the lady at the reception desk and she gave me an Applicant Information Worksheet (AIW) to fill out, the information they asked for is as follows:
- Full Name
- Maiden Name
- Date of Birth
- Country of Birth
- Country of Citizenship
- Eye & Hair Colour
- Weight & Height
I completed the AIW and gave it back to the lady at reception, she asked me if I had my marriage certificate with me ( I guess to confirm my name change), but I didn’t as I wasn’t told on the letter to bring it. She gave me back all my documents and told me to take a seat again. I was worried at first that they were going to make me come back at a later date with the marriage certificate, which would have been pretty annoying!
Luckily, a friendly man came out of one of the offices and asked for my documents and said he would just need to look up my marriage certificate. This only took a few minutes and then I was directed back to the reception desk to get a ticket number and was seen straight away for processing.
The Actual Biometrics Part…
I was then brought into an open area which had space for two people to do their biometrics. The lady took my paperwork and asked me to take a seat, which was directly in front of a camera. She asked me to put my hair behind my back and slightly behind my ears and took my photograph.
Then she asked me to come up to the computer where she took all of my finger prints electronically. She first took my thumbs, then all four fingers of each hand together and finally each finger print separately.
Finally she asked me to provide my signature digitally, which I actually had to have a second attempt at – I always screw up on those electronic signing pads, they’re so fidgety!
After that she told me I was good to go, gave me a comment card to fill out about their service and that was literally it.
I was finished by 9:05am, so the whole appointment took 15 minutes!
Do you get any documentation back?
They give you the AIW back and also your appointment letter which has the following stamps on it:
The first stamp is just to verify that it was you that they confirmed your identity with the appropriate ID. The second stamp is to confirm that you attended the appointment, make sure you keep this letter for your records, so that if for any reason USCIS lose the record of your biometrics attendance you can prove to them that you went.
From what I’ve read my USCIS case status for AOS will be updated soon, to “Ready for Interview to be Scheduled” and then it will just be a waiting game to hear from USCIS about my interview date or approval if an interview is not necessary.
Secondly, I should hear back from my EAD/AP. On VisaJourney my predicted timeline for this is round about the first 2 weeks in January 2018. So will just need to practice patience and keep myself busy until I hear back!