Biometric Documents for H4, L2, i485 (What to Expect at ASC Center)

USCIS Biometric Appointment Experience, documents & fee calculator for H4, L2, i-485 Green card. Use your residence address to get time at closest ASC center. Reschedule allowed. No refund.

Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta    Updated  17 Jan, 21


USICS biometric is required for all H4 and L2 extensions filed in the US. The same USCIS biometric centers are also used for i-485 green card fingerprints.

Biometric Appointment Letter Time

The biometric appointment is scheduled after an average of 17 to 20 days from the date of filing. It does vary for type of application and the workload at the ASC center close to your residential address.

  • H4, L2 Biometric appointment letter can take anywhere between after 8-30 days of filing an H4 application. COVID has extended this time to about 90 days.
  • i-485 biometric appointments take about average of 10-90 days.

Documents Required

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

An appointment letter will be issued irrespective of whether H1B is approved or H1B gets RFE. Similarly, the i485 biometric appointment is issued irrespective of EAD and AP approval.

Do not miss your fingerprinting appointment as it may lead to denial of your application. There have been many cases of H4 and L2 extension denial when users did not receive the letter at all.

Fees Calculator

You can use this calculator to find out Biometric fee for H4, L2 and i-485 applications.


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The app gives an estimate of USCIS as well as the fee charged by attorneys. Attorney fee is not mandatory and varies greatly with with immigration lawyer firm.

USCIS fee calculator for i485 biometric
USCIS fee calculator for i485 biometric

Appointment Notice

There is no separate USCIS biometrics form.

You just fill the H4 extension form i539 and USCIS automatically creates an appointment for you. The smae is true for i-485 applications.

This is a sample Biometric appointment notice sent by USCIS for H4 extension application.

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.

What Happens at Biometric Center?

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

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

The fingerprint process is simple:

  1. Fill an application information worksheet at the Biometric Center. Write your name, DOB, eye and hair color, height, and weight.
  2. You are given a token number.
  3. Wait for your turn and then they click your photo and take fingerprints. 
  4. Make sure that your signature matches the one you did on your form i539 while filing the application.
  5. They stamp your biometric appointment letter.
  6. The status on the 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

Reschedule Appointment

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

We have seen that people are receiving an appointment at a center which is somewhere in Illinois which is 10 hours drive from where the person is physically located i.e. in Tennessee.

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

Fee Refund

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

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

EAD Processing Time After Biometric

  • i-485 EAD and AP can be approved without appearing for a Biometric appointment too. The general processing time is 15-30 days after taking your fingerprints.
  • H4 EAD may be approved in 15 days after biometric. H4 extension is also processed at the same time as H4 EAD. The same timing holds good for L2 EAD too.

FAQ

Is Biometric Required for H4 EAD and i485 EAD?

Biometrics are not required if you are filing only H4 -EAD application alone. Biometrics are not required for i-485 EAD and advance parole either.

If you are filing both H4 extension and H4 EAD, then the H4 extension needs biometric fingerprints.

Similarly, biometric is not required for standalone L2 EAD applications.

Is H4 Biometric Required for Child?

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

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

How long does Biometrics Process take at ASC?

The biometrics fingerprinting process takes about 10 minutes to finish at the ASC center.

Are walk-ins allowed at Biometric ASC center?

Walk-ins are allowed at the USCIS ASC center as long 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. The COVID restrictions will affect walk-ins at each center. Please check with your ASC center before walk-in.

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 the H4 extension filed using form i539 should be attended within the USA at this time.

What is the difference between H4 Biometrics and H4 Visa Stamping Fingerprints?

H4 Extension Biometrics are taken by USCIS while you are physically present in the USA.

H4 visa stamp fingerprints are taken by the US embassy when you are outside the USA.

Source: USCIS




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Anil Gupta
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Recent discussion on forum

  1. Amrutha_Adharapuram
    Amrutha_Adharapuram

    Hello Anil @anil.am22
    Please help me with the information related to L2 EAD process.
    When will the biometrics be done once we submit L2 EAD application?

    Thank you
    AK


  2. anil_am22
    anil_am22

    Standalone L2 EAD application does not need biometric.


  3. vmonga
    vmonga

    Hi @anil_am22,

    H4 extension application was filed for Dependents on 27-May-2020.

    Until we have not received any update on the application. No update on Bio metrics . Nothing.

    My H-1B was upgraded to premium in Dec 2020 and it got approved But still no updates on H4 after that.

    Please help and let me know what options do I have. How to get bio metrics appointment scheduled.


  4. anil_am22
    anil_am22

    Call USCIS and keep asking for biometric appointment.

    Lot of people are facing this issue as biometric appointment depends on local ASC center’s workload.

    USCIS is taking 90+ days on average to send a letter after reopening centers in Dec.


  5. rav4kar
    rav4kar

    Anil, Quick question, what is the Date of Birth Format be filled on Biometrics AIW ( Applicant’s info worksheet ), is it like (JUL 17 1986) or ( 07 17 1986) or format doesn’t matter ?


  6. anil_am22
    anil_am22

    If you looked at the sample AIW sheet, you would have known the format. The sheet explicitly has MONTH, DAY, and YEAR columns.


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