Documents for H4 Biometric Appointment, Steps, Child Sign

H4 Biometric Appointment with H1B premium processing in 3-15 days after fingerprints. Use H4 physical address for nearest center. Reschedule allowed. No refund.

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta          Updated  2 Mar, 20

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Documents Required for H4 Biometrics

  1. Biometric appointment notice (Form I-797C)
  2. Valid photo identification – Original – Green Card, Passport, US driver’s license or State ID card

H4 EAD Processing Time After Biometric

H4 EAD is taking 60 to 180 days to get approval after biometric. H4 extension is also processed at same time as H4 EAD.

H1B, H4 and H4 EAD filed together in premium will get H1B approval within 3-15 days. H4 and H4 EAD are being moved to regular processing queue after bio-metrics are completed.

H4 Biometric appointment is scheduled after an average of 17 to 20 days from the date of filing. H4 Biometric appointment experience says that you can expect appointment letter after 8-30 days of filing H4 application.

Appointment letter will be issued irrespective of whether H1B is approved or H1B gets RFE. You should attend the fingerprinting appointment in both cases.

Is Biometric Required for H4 EAD?

Biometrics are not required if you are filing only H4 -EAD application alone.
If you are filing both H4 extension and H4 EAD, then H4 extension needs biometric fingerprints.

Is H4 Biometric Required for Child?

Biometric is required for everyone including child of any age.
Kids older than 14 years have to sign themselves at Biometric center.

Children younger than 14 are not required to sign themselves at ASC center. A parent can sign.

How long does Biometrics Process take at ASC?

Biometrics fingerprinting process takes about 10 minutes to finish at ASC center.

Are walk-ins allowed at Biometric ASC center?

Walk-ins are allowed at USCIS ASC center as long as as you have an appointment letter. You can visit earlier than your appointment date and preferably between 2 PM to 3.30 PM as the ASC centers have less traffic during this time.

Can I visit ASC center close to my home than Appointment?

You can visit any ASC center closer to your home irrespective of the center where the appointment has been fixed.

One user shared that they gave fingerprints by walk-in to an ASC center in California even when her appointment was set up at Dallas center.

Can H4 attend Biometrics in India?

The Biometrics for H4 extension filed using form i539 should be attended within USA at this time.

H4 Biometric Appointment i797C Form

There is no separate USCIS biometrics form. You just fill the H4 extension form i539 and USCIS automatically creates an appointment for you.

Sample H4 biometric Appointment letter
Sample H4 biometric Appointment letter

Your appointment notice (Form I-797C, Notice of Action) will include the date, time and location for your ASC (Application Support Center) appointment.

There is no dress code for Biometrics. Cell phones are not allowed inside ASC center and should be left in your car.

What Happens at Biometric Center?

You need to fill an application information worksheet at the Biometric Center which has name, DOB, eye and hair color, height and weight.

Biometric center application-information worksheet
Biometric center application-information worksheet

You are given a token number. Wait for your turn and then they click your photo and take finger prints. Make sure that your signature matches the one you did on your form i539 while filing the application.

They stamp your biometric appointment letter once process is complete as a proof. The status on USCIS site may change to ‘Fingerprint Review was completed‘.

This stamped letter can be used in your child’s school leave application as a reason for taking off.

Biometric appointment paper stamped-after fingerprints and photo
Biometric appointment paper stamped after fingerprints and photo

Difference between H4 Biometrics and H4 Stamping Fingerprints

H4 Biometrics is a new process started by USCIS starting Mar 22, 2019 in US for people who file H4 extension. H4 visa stamp fingerprints is an existing process for all visa applications filed with US embassy.

Reschedule Biometrics Appointment USCIS

You can choose to re-schedule the H4 extension Biometrics appointment if the ASC center is too far from your home.

We have seen that people are receiving appointment at a center which is somewhere in state IL, 10 hours drive from  whereas the person is physically located i.e. in Tennessee.

This could happen if your attorney used his OWN address instead of the H4’s physical address to fill form i-539.

USCIS Biometrics Fees Refund

There is no USCIS biometrics fees refund if you do not appear for your fingerprints appointment.

You can only re-schedule your appointment without paying new fees of $85.

Reference: USCIS




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  80 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. Chaya
    Chaya 2 Mar, 20 at 9:58 am

    Hi Anil,

    I am on my H4 visa. My spouse’s H1 and my H4 extension was applied together and his H1 got approved in premium mode. Currently my H4 case status is shown as “Case Was Received” and my biometrics process got completed a month back. We have unavoidable travel plans during end of March. Request you to kindly clarify below points –

    1) Is it safe for me to travel to India for 4 weeks if my H4 case is in progress?

    2) Can I get my passport stamped using my spouse’s I-797 document?

    3) Will there be any issues during immigration while returning back to US?

    4) Will my I-94 number get changed if I travel when my H4 case is in progress? If yes, will it create any issues for me in future (E.g. Renewal of my D/L)

    Any other pertinent information that I need to know before my travel?


  2. anu
    anu 25 Feb, 20 at 8:33 am

    Hi Anil,

    I am on H4 status expiring on feb 24th 2020. My spouse applied for H1B transfer with 2 different employers, and filed H4 transfer with one of the employer, my question is Do I need to apply for H4 transfer with other employer as well before I 94 expires? Just in case thinking only one of the H1 transfer will be approved or I am safe as we applied for H4 transfer with one of them before I 94 expiry.
    Also If the H1 petition with no H4 transfer gets approved, can I immediately go for H4 stamping without H4 approval and get visa based on H1B approval?

    Thanks,
    Anu


  3. vkptt
    vkptt 31 Jan, 20 at 4:25 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I gave my biometrics around 2 weeks ago using walkin. The USCIS status has not changed till now. Right from day one it has been showing as ” Fingerprint Fee was Received”. Some people get their status updated after biometrics confirming fingerprinting was done. Should I check with USCIS on this? Appreciate any inputs. Thank you.


  4. Temase
    Temase 23 Jan, 20 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Anil/all,

    My employer filed h1,h4,h4 ead together in premium process and h1 got approved in a week and we went to biometric walkin last week .. we have a last minute travel plan for next week and “h4 status is still in process” … while we go to india we are planning for dropbox .. I’m confused now ,looks like it will take more time for h4 to get approved .. what are my options ?
    can i drop h1 and h4 for dropbox processing ? without h4 getting approved ?


  5. rish
    rish 6 Jan, 20 at 1:22 pm

    Hello Anil

    Thank you again for the help last time.
    I have to file for H1b and H4 extension, both end date 3/31.
    We have to travel out of US on 4/12.
    If I understand from you forum correctly, right way to do this is:

    1. File H1b and H4 in regular processing
    2. Biometric letter comes soon, get that done asap
    3. File for H1b premium with biometric done letter for H4, when we get the letter

    If all goes well we should have approvals before traveling on 4/12. Are my assumptions correct.

    Thank you!
    Rish


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Jan, 20 at 1:41 pm

      H4 may or may not be approved in premium. It is up-to USCIS and your luck.

      Only getting H1B approval before your travel is sufficient as H4 can get an extended i94 based on approved H1B on your return to US. H1B needs the valid i797 approval copy.


  6. P Shah
    P Shah 23 Dec, 19 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Anil,
    I filed for H1b and H4 extension for both dependents and completed biometrics.
    Now status for spouse shows “biometric completed” however for minor child it shows case was received. Is it because they update status for only principle applicant that is in this case spouse for minor child?


  7. Tripura
    Tripura 15 Jul, 19 at 2:58 pm

    Hello Anil,
    We have applied h1, h4 and h4 ead extensions all together in premium, h1 got approved, h4 biometrics was done, but haven’t received h4 ead receipt and its been 3 weeks since we applied.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 15 Jul, 19 at 6:05 pm

      Check with your employer. They must have got the H4 and H4EAD receipts.


      • Tripura
        Tripura 15 Jul, 19 at 6:25 pm

        Our employer also received H4 receipt and H4 biometrics letter only. We both haven’t received EAD receipt


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 15 Jul, 19 at 9:00 pm

          Who’s mailing address was mentioned in H4 EAD i765 form?


          • Tripura
            Tripura 15 Jul, 19 at 9:26 pm

            Our home address


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 15 Jul, 19 at 9:34 pm

              In that case, you should have got the receipt by now.

              Try calling USCIS.


  8. Santhi
    Santhi 12 Jul, 19 at 2:32 pm

    Hello ,

    I wanted to check if anyone’s H4 and H4 EAD got approved (or) received H4 EAD card recently.I have done with my bio- metric in the first week of june and waiting for the EAD card . Does anyone know how long would it take to receive H4 EAD after biometric appointment?

    Thanks
    Santhi.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 12 Jul, 19 at 4:41 pm

      Check the cases for H4 EAD approval after biometics here.


    • Renjith
      Renjith 26 Jul, 19 at 9:12 am

      Hi,

      Our H4 EAD application with receipt date of April 23 2019 was approved on July 24 2019 under normal processing. Waiting to receive the card and approval notice in mail. Vermont processing center

      Thanks!
      Renjith


  9. h1b extension
    h1b extension 8 Jul, 19 at 4:43 pm

    Hello Anil.

    My wife’s biometric has been completed last week on 1st of July. My uscics status still shows case was received.

    After how many days the status will be updated as ” Biometrics has been completed”


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 Jul, 19 at 6:34 pm

      The status may or may not change to ” Biometrics has been completed” for everyone. This is a glitch in USCIS system and most people’s case status keeps showing the status as “Case was received” even after biometrics.


  10. FEA
    FEA 24 Jun, 19 at 10:26 am

    Hi Anil, you might remember me 🙂

    I’m on H1B status and my husband’s on H4. I recently changed my job and we moved from our former address. The USCIS returned my husband’s petition for H4 back to my current employer saying it required a biometrics check. We resent everything (my employer said just send the original petition along with a cover letter saying your address has change.) The checks were cashed on June 17th but we do not have the receipt yet. We assume they sent it to our former address in Madison, WI (we’re in NY now.) I asked someone to check our former mailbox and see if something is in it. We also can call the USCIS and ask for the WAC number (we actually did it twice this morning but right before she read us the number the phone call cut out. We have to do it again so we can change the address online.)
    But are all the info about the biometrics in the receipt already sent? Since we moved to a different state, we need to change the appointment info for sure. How can we do it? What is the best approach to have the receipt now? We need it for the appointment, right?
    We have changed our address in USPS, but the USCIS said the USPS is not allowed to transfer our letters. So what happens to the letter? Does the post office keeps it, put it in the mailbox now that it is probably full, or send it back?


    • FEA
      FEA 24 Jun, 19 at 12:10 pm

      Also, what is your estimate about when the appointment is scheduled now that our checks were cashed on June 17th (the petition was resent on June 4th and delivered on June 5th.) We want to reschedule the biometrics appointment ASAP but we’re afraid it might be sooner than we reach to the letter or even the receipt number.


      • Anil Gupta
        Anil Gupta 24 Jun, 19 at 12:55 pm

        Biometric Appointment is scheduled after 17-20 days of receipt date.

        If USPS is not forwarding the USCIS letter, then it will be sent back to USCIS.

        Once you have got the address changed, you can request for new appointment or re-scheduling.


        • FEA
          FEA 24 Jun, 19 at 9:18 pm

          Thanks. We called the USCIS and the lady there transferred us to a higher agent. They said they will call in 608 minutes!!! but called after 5 hours. They changed the appointment to July 15th and are going to send us just a letter for the new appointment to our current address.

          Just so you have timing of our case:
          – The petition got there on June 5th
          – According to their website they accepted the biometrics check on June 14th (it showed up on my account on June 18th)
          – The first appointment was scheduled on July 2nd (28 days after the delivery, 19 days after accepting the check, 2 weeks after I saw it on my bank account)


          • Anil Gupta
            Anil Gupta 24 Jun, 19 at 9:29 pm

            Great. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate it.

            I have not been able to figure out if we have spoken or communicated before as you mentioned 🙂


            • FEA
              FEA 25 Jun, 19 at 9:37 pm

              I might be mistaken, but I think it was you. I’m the one whose husband H4 extension application was missing the biometrics check because my new employer (university) wasn’t updated about the new requirements. So his application got returned after 40 days and we had to resent it.
              Thank you again


              • Anil Gupta
                Anil Gupta 25 Jun, 19 at 9:45 pm

                Sorry for being absent minded but i still do not recall.

                May be my mind’s hard disk need an upgrade to new SSD type 🙂


                • FEA
                  FEA 26 Jun, 19 at 9:28 am

                  :)) or maybe I’m mistaken, which is quite possible 🙂

                  Thank you very much again for the help.


  11. Sivaji
    Sivaji 19 Jun, 19 at 4:18 pm

    Hi Anil.
    I applied H1B extension in the premium and applied for my dependents in regular. Bio-metric process is done for dependents. Once I get my H1B approval, Can we go to India and get stamping done for me and my dependents with my I-797? or my dependents need to wait for their I-539 approvals? Please let me know.
    Thanks in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 19 Jun, 19 at 4:19 pm

      You can go to India and get H4 visa stamp using your approved H1B i797. No need to wait for H4 extension within USA. Not sure why you filed H4 extension and spent money if you had plans to go to India. H4 extension was not required in this case at all.


      • Sivaji
        Sivaji 27 Jun, 19 at 2:06 pm

        Thanks Anil for your clarification, It helps me a lot.
        I didn’t know that H4 extension is not required for dependents in this case.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 27 Jun, 19 at 2:38 pm

          You are welcome.


  12. Shireesh
    Shireesh 13 Jun, 19 at 11:29 am

    Hi Anil, looking at the entire discussion, it seems that all the delay we are looking at is due to introduction of H4 biometrics.
    What about the cases where H1 is already stamped and a first time EAD has been applied? My case was received by Vermont center on 9th May and I don’t need biometrics as I came on a stamped H4. What should I be expecting on the EAD approval timelines?


  13. Ashok
    Ashok 3 Jun, 19 at 5:47 pm

    Hi . Filed my H1 and dependent H4 together in normal processing . Did the biometrics for H4 . Then upgraded our case to Premium. Got H1 approved , waiting for H4 results . Given this case – can i go ahead and file for H4 EAD Renewal as well ? Has anyone got an approval filing an H4 EAD and H4 extn together ? What documents should i submit as h4 approval notice? Just the receipt notice ? Or do you prefer to wait for H4 EAD renewal until H4 is approved? Pl suggest. Thx


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Jun, 19 at 5:56 pm

      You can submit pending H4 receipt notice with H4 EAD application.


  14. Zoey
    Zoey 2 Jun, 19 at 12:11 pm

    A quick question, for “the H4 + EAD move to the regular processing queue”, is that the H1b ext regular processing queue or the H4 exchange queue? Since as I knew the H1b ext regular processing queue is more faster than H4 exchange queue.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 2 Jun, 19 at 1:17 pm

      I don’t know what you mean by ‘H4 exchange queue’. Can you elaborate?


      • Zoey
        Zoey 3 Jun, 19 at 1:05 pm

        Sorry it’s a typo, I actually mean “change”. just as I know, even the H1b extension regular processing is more faster than H4 change/extend non-immigrant status processing. Thus I just think H1b extension regular processing and H4 extension processing(not fill with H1b) may have different queues. Then since a lot of us filling H4 ext together with H1b, after our biometric taken, will our case go to the H1b regular processing queue or go to the H4 extension processing(not filling together with H1b) queue?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 3 Jun, 19 at 1:18 pm

          As per my information, both H4 queue have same processing time irrespective of whether you file H4 with H1b or not.


          • Zoey
            Zoey 3 Jun, 19 at 1:33 pm

            Thank you! Then it means even fill together with H1b in PP, now after the new process, H4 may still take 3-12 months to be processed……


            • Anil Gupta
              Anil Gupta 3 Jun, 19 at 1:34 pm

              Yes, that’s correct and that’s what we are seeing when we are tracking multiple cases after biometric.


              • Zoey
                Zoey 3 Jun, 19 at 1:45 pm

                Then it seems like it will be faster if we go out of US and get visa stamp…then re-apply the EAD renew…


                • Anil Gupta
                  Anil Gupta 3 Jun, 19 at 2:10 pm

                  Yes, that’s faster way of getting H4.


                  • Zoey
                    Zoey 3 Jun, 19 at 2:50 pm

                    thank you!


                  • Zoey
                    Zoey 3 Jun, 19 at 6:43 pm

                    Oh, also, are the H4 cos and H4 extension in the same pool?


                    • Anil Gupta
                      Anil Gupta 3 Jun, 19 at 7:20 pm

                      No. H4 COS has different queue and is much slower than H4 extention queue.


  15. Sri
    Sri 31 May, 19 at 6:26 am

    @spot_anil_gupta:disqus – Regarding Ram (one of the users), whose news went viral within H4 awaiting community that in his case H4 was approved. He updated in other forums that he was mistaken. He didn’t get the H4 approval. It appears like we still didn’t hear a single H4 approval after biometrics process has begun. Please update the article to reflect no H4 approvals yet. Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 May, 19 at 10:36 am

      What has he said about why he was mistaken? Let me ask him directly in his comments below.


  16. Suresh
    Suresh 29 May, 19 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Anil,

    I had applied H1B + H4 + H4 EAD renewals under premium processing and got H1B approved on 16th April. I got the bio-metric notice and got that done on 5th May and after that no update from USCIS. I know everyone is stuck in the same boat at this point, but my question is what are the options that we can explore to get H4 and H4 EAD as early as possible. There are some lawyers who are suggesting to file for litigation. Do you think this is just a temporary thing and USCIS are still adjusting to bio-metrics step and eventually the process will be streamlined and we will start getting the results in a timely manner. Or Do you think filing a legislation is the correct way to go about this.

    Also, If my spouse’s H4 application is still under process after her I-94 date can they stay in the US legally. Also are they allowed to work on I-797C of H4 EAD. There are a lot of USCIS agents telling people to do that.

    Thanks.


  17. Koteswara Devarasetti
    Koteswara Devarasetti 29 May, 19 at 2:23 pm

    Hi @spot_anil_gupta:disqus

    About to apply for H1 Ext, H4 Extension and H4 EAD all together in Premium.

    Based on the conversation above , looks like H4 and EAD are being treated as in Normal processing , even H1 is applied in PP. Our Current H1, H4 and H4 EAD all together are valid upto Sept 29,2019 only.

    Do you think , will we able to get the H4 EAD by then , considering applying all 3 (H1 Extension , H4 Extension and H4 EAD) are applied concurrently in PP.

    Or Do you suggest to file them together in Normal Processing and upgrade later once bio-metrics is done (looks like avg time for bio metrics to be done is 1 month) + 1 more month >> to get the approvals before Sep 29,2019. Ofcouse considering , No RFE’s comes for H1


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 29 May, 19 at 5:40 pm

      At this time, we do not know if upgrading your H1B application to premium after H4 bio metrics will really help get H4 and EAD approval within 15 days or not.

      You can try though if you want.


  18. Ram
    Ram 23 May, 19 at 8:52 am

    Posted in Red2bus – posting again for more audience.

    Applied h1b + h4 in premium. Have my h4 approval after biometrics.
    Took one month after biometrics notice. 20 days after biometrics. No change online – 25th biometrics. 15th approval.

    Vermont service center.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 May, 19 at 9:25 am

      Thanks Ram for sharing. Yours is probably the first approval that has been reported for H4 approval after biometrics.

      Congratulations. I will share it with wider audience now.
      I am sure you will see a flood of questions coming your way here in comments! Be ready…Don’t worry.. i will manage 🙂


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 May, 19 at 10:36 am

      Hi Ram, Many people have reported that you have reported that you were mistaken about H4 approval after bio-metrics.

      Did you really get H4 approval after biometrics?

      Can you confirm?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 3 Jun, 19 at 3:30 pm

      Since, we have reports that you have wrongly reported your H4 approval, we have removed it from our page.

      We do not appreciate this behavior of no response. Please do not share the un-confirmed news again.


  19. Prem
    Prem 23 May, 19 at 11:25 am

    Congrats Ram on first H4 approval that we know of, after biometrics

    Still waiting to hear the first H4EAD approval after H4 biometrics.


  20. Viv
    Viv 22 May, 19 at 7:54 pm

    Can we schedule biometrics in India?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 May, 19 at 7:54 pm

      Bio-metrics for H4 extension is supposed to be done while you are in USA. H4 extension itself does not make any sense if you are outside US.


  21. Praveena
    Praveena 21 May, 19 at 4:32 pm

    Hi,

    When filing H4 extn along with H1 extn, is the H4 bio-metric waiting time frame same for premium and regular processing cases ? What is the wait that is observed so far for regular processing?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 21 May, 19 at 4:32 pm

      H4 and H4 EAD are being processed in regular at this time even if you file them with H1B premium.


  22. Nayana Mistri
    Nayana Mistri 20 May, 19 at 1:14 pm

    Hello,
    I am on H4 and applied extension with my husband’s H1b. My husband applied for H1b extension in premium processing. He received RFE before 5 days. Still we do not know what is RFE and have not submitted documents for RFE. But today, I received mail for bio metrics. in mail, mentioned notice date is prior to RFE date. Can you provide inputs on this scenario? Can I receive biometrics before H1b approval? Thanks


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 May, 19 at 1:24 pm

      H4 Biometrics appointment is NOT affected by H1B RFE. Biometrics appointment letter also does not mean that H1B is approved.

      All H4 applications have to go through biometric now.


      • Nayana Mistri
        Nayana Mistri 20 May, 19 at 1:25 pm

        ok. Got it. Thanks Anil


  23. Anusha
    Anusha 18 May, 19 at 12:06 am

    Hi Anil,
    My spouse’s H1 and my H4 were filed simultaneously on 7th of May. I haven’t received my biometric appointment yet. Is this something to be worried or is it normal that it has taken more than 10 days. Because I see that in the cases mentioned in this page have received the notification in 9 days/5 days.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 18 May, 19 at 8:48 am

      The time to receive H4 biometric appointment notice is increasing as more people are filing new applications.
      10+ days is normal now.

      Do not worry. You will get it soon.


      • Kalyan Doddala
        Kalyan Doddala 20 May, 19 at 2:13 pm

        Hello Anil – Sorry for chiming in between. I just want to let you know that I was in similar situation as Anusha and I hope my message will help her. @anusha- I am in same situation and I got H1B approval on Apr 26 but the uscis case status shows error for H4. I was patiently waiting for the case to get updated and receive bio-metric. On May 13 I was casually checking my lawyer portal and found that they recieved a notification for H4 to appear for bio metrics in a far location on May 6. Since I noticed this on May 13 and I recieved this appointment on May6, I rushed to near USCIS center and they accepted to do biometrics. So my suggestion is to check with lawyer as well


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 20 May, 19 at 3:22 pm

          Yes, i agree with you.
          In cases where attorney has filled the form i539 and they have given their address, the appointment letter is sent to them too.


          • Anusha
            Anusha 21 May, 19 at 9:56 pm

            Thanks Anil and Kalyan. Looks like that’s the case and I was notified today that the appointment is next thursday.


  24. shruthi gummadi
    shruthi gummadi 17 May, 19 at 5:19 am

    Any one’s H4 and H4 EAD got approved recently? If so, whats the processing time?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 17 May, 19 at 7:25 am

      No one has reported an H4 approval after biometrics yet.


  25. Anurag
    Anurag 8 May, 19 at 11:06 pm

    Hi,
    I am applying for my H1B extension + my wife’s COS from F1 to H4 + H4 EAD. Can you please suggest if we should apply as premium right away or we should wait for H4 Biometric to be done and then upgrade the case to premium?
    Roughly, how do the timelines look in either case?

    Thanks for your inputs.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 9 May, 19 at 5:28 am

      At this time, we do not have sufficient data to say if filing all in premium at start will help or you should upgrade after H4 biometric.

      It will take a month when we have multiple cases as an example.


  26. Anurag
    Anurag 8 May, 19 at 10:51 pm

    Hi,
    I am applying for my H1B extension + my wife’s COS from F1 to H4 + H4 EAD. Can you please suggest if we should apply as premium right away or we should wait for H4 Biometric to be done and then upgrade the case to premium?
    Roughly, how do the timelines look in either case?

    Thanks for your inputs.


  27. neha
    neha 8 May, 19 at 6:43 pm

    any idea in regular processing how much time it is taking to get h4 biometric appointment.. my friend is filing h1 extension +h4 + Ead in regular and planning to upgrade it to premium once biometric is done.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 8 May, 19 at 6:52 pm

      It will take 7-21 days to get the biometrics appointment letter after filing.


  28. Thamarai Kannan
    Thamarai Kannan 30 Apr, 19 at 9:42 am

    My H1 Extension is filed under regular processing on Apr 25th and my wife has plans to go to India on May 19 (it was pre-planned based on false promise of employer doing H1 in premium) , Can she give her bio metrics before she leaves even without an appointment or she has to change her travel plan ?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 30 Apr, 19 at 4:25 pm

      H4 cannot appear for Biometric without an appointment letter from USCIS.


  29. Shekhar T S
    Shekhar T S 30 Apr, 19 at 8:48 am

    Hi Anil. If the ASC that is automatically assigned by the USCIS for H4 biometric test is far and there is a ASC nearby thats available, can we go there for the H4 biometric test? If so, do we need to call them ahead of time and get an appointment scheduled? How will the original center (the one that USCIS automatically assigned) be informed that the biometric test scheduled at that ASC is no longer required?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 30 Apr, 19 at 4:18 pm

      The answer was already given in above article (copy pasting here):
      ASC center allows you to get Biometric done at a center closer to your home even though the appointment is scheduled at distant place.

      I suggest to visit between 2-3.30 PM as you do not have an appointment at this center. They are mostly free during this time and will honor your walk-in.

      All ASC centers are centrally connected. Once you give the fingerprints at center closer to your home, it will automatically be sent to USCIS. No need to inform the other center.


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