Documents for H4 Biometric Appointment, Steps, Child Sign

Written by Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta - Updated on  23 May, 19

H4 Biometric experience
H4 Biometric experience

H4 Biometric Appointment Experience

H1B, H4 and H4 EAD filed together in premium will get H1B approval within 3-15 days.

Update May 23, 2019 – First H4 approval after Biometric has been reported by our guest Ram in comments below after 20 days of biometrics completion (April 25) on May 15. His H1B+H4 was filed in premium in April. We will update more cases that we are tracking as we know the result from first hand experience.

Earlier, after calling USCIS, we confirmed that 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. You can expect Appointment letter after 8-12 days of filing H4 application.

H4 Biometric appointment letter will be issued irrespective of whether H1B is approved or H1B gets RFE. You should attend the fingerprinting appointment in both cases.


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 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


Biometric Walk In at ASC Center closer to Home?

ASC center allows you to get Biometric done at a center closer to your home even though the appointment is scheduled at distant place.

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.

Be careful while filling form i-539 as the H4 EAD biometric appointment center will be automatically assigned by USCIS to your closest address mentioned on the form.

ASC centers also allow you to walk-in to the center even before the day of your appointment and complete biometric. We suggest to visit between 2 PM to 3.30 PM as they are mostly less crowded and will honor your walk-in.


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.

H4 Biometric Experience #1 – H4 result Awaited

  • Mar 27 – Mailed forms I-129, I-539 and I-765 via FedEx to Nebraska Service Center
  • Mar 28 – H1B receipt notice received via email [11 pm CDT] as it is premium. Regular applications wait for paper receipt notice 7-21 days.
  • Apr 1 – USCIS cash check for H4 Extension and H4 EAD (your personal bank account would be debited if you used personal check.)
  • Apr 2 – H-1B Approved – USCIS official email [11 pm CDT]
    • H1B extension in premium approved in 6 days of Receipt Date.
  • Apr 4 – Receipt notice for H4 and H4 EAD received.
  • Apr 5 – Biometric appointment received.
    • H4 Biometrics Appointment notice received in 9 days after filing.
  • Apr 16 – Biometrics appointment for I-539
    • H4 Biometrics appointment date scheduled – 20 days after filing date.
  • H4 and H4 EAD approval pending. The USCIS online status shows ‘fingerprinting completed’ for both H4.
  • June 1 – (Estimated) H4 and H4 EAD approval
    • H4 Extension Approval after 1.5 month of Biometric Appointment Date


H4 Biometric Experience #2 – H4 result Awaited

  • Apr 9 – Mailed forms I-129 (H1B) , I-539 (H4) and I-765 (H4-EAD) via FedEx to Nebraska Service Center
  • Apr 10 – H1B receipt notice via email as it is premium.
  • Apr 13 – USCIS cash H4 EAD fees
  • Apr 15 – H4, H4 EAD receipt notice + H4 biometric appointment notice received.
    1. Biometric Date April 30, 2019.
    2.  H4 Biometrics Appointment notice received in 5 days after filing
  • Apr 19 – H1B approved 9 days after receipt date.
  • Apr 26 – Biometrics completed by Walk-in at 3 PM even though appointment was for Apr 30, 2019.
  • H4 and H4 EAD approval awaited. The USCIS online status still shows ‘Case was received’ for both H4 and H4 EAD application after biometrics.


Is Biometrics 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.

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

   25 Useful Questions & Answers from comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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


    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.

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

    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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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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