What to expect at a biometrics appointment in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA – The term biometrics appointment may sound a bit scary, but it’s nothing to worry about. Actually, it’s good news as you’re one step closer to obtaining legal status and becoming a legal permanent resident in the US. 

Here’s everything you need to know about your biometrics appointment – what documents to bring and how to prepare.

What is the purpose of a biometrics appointment?

Immigration authorities use biometrics appointments to identify the applicants and assess their criminal background and previous immigration violations. At your appointment, officials will take your fingerprints along with your photograph. You will also be required to provide a signature sample. Not much to it. It’s just a security procedure.

You may have heard rumors they will draw blood or collect DNA samples during the appointment. This is not true. 

Your fingerprints and photograph will be used by the USCIS to perform a background check on you, through the FBI and other government departments.

Immigration applications that require a biometrics appointment

The US Customs and Immigration Services uses biometrics appointments while processing numerous types of applications, including:


How long does it take for USCIS to schedule a biometrics appointment? 

This depends on the type of application and the workload at the USCIS center in your area. You can expect to receive a biometrics appointment date in 3 – 11 weeks after filing your application. Don’t be alarmed if it takes longer. In most cases, this means they have a backlog of applications to deal with. 

The letter will be marked as “Application Support Center (ASC) Appointment Notice” (Form I-797C). The notice will include information about the date, time, and location of your ASC appointment. 

You may see various codes on the appointment notice. Here’s what they mean:

  • Code 1 means they’ll take fingerprints (all 10 fingers) 
  • Code 2 means they will take a photo of you, scan your index fingers, and record your digital signature;
  • Code 3 means that they will take a photo of you, scan all your fingers, and record your digital signature.

Keep in mind that, if you cannot make it to the appointment you must call the USCIS and reschedule. Currently, the USCIS allows applicants to reschedule within 30 days and only for valid reasons.

What to bring to the biometrics appointment?

The appointment itself won’t take more than 15 to 30 minutes. Make sure to arrive some 15 minutes in advance to locate the correct entrance and get a feel of the place. 

Documents you should bring to your appointment:

  • Application Support Center (ASC) Biometrics Notice
  • Photo ID to confirm your identity (passport, national photo ID issued by your home country, Green card, state-issued ID; driver’s license, or military ID.

The USCIS may also request you bring additional documents, such as employment authorization documents or travel permits. 

You are not allowed to bring your cell phone, video or photo cameras, or weapons to your appointment.

When you arrive at the center, you will be given a number. Wait for your turn and go in. After giving your biometrics, the USCIS will stamp your appointment letter (Form I-797C) confirming that you have completed the biometrics appointment.

Go home and wait for your application to be processed. 

If you have any problem concerning immigration, seek legal advice from an experienced attorney at the Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC law firm in Atlanta and let them help you start a new life in Georgia.

Contact info:

Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC

365 Northridge Road

Suite 300

Atlanta, GA 30350

Tel : (404) 816-8611

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