What are Bio Metrics?

If you have recently been working on a type of visa application for the United States, you have most likely come across information regarding Bio Metrics.  If you are applying for citizenship, asylum, or a green card, you’ll see that you must schedule a Bio Metrics appointment. So what are Bio Metrics exactly?

Bio Metrics is a scientific word for “anatomical or physiological data by which a person can be uniquely identified.” When you go to your Bio Metrics appointment, USCIS will collect your fingerprints, take your photo, and collect your signature electronically. These data collection measures were created to help make the United States safer and help the government to identify people easily.

When you submit your application, you usually must pay a fee for the Bio Metrics appointment. After you submit your forms, you will receive an appointment notice in the mail. This appointment letter could take weeks or months to arrive in the mail. Once the letter arrives, the notice will tell you the exact place, date, and time for your Bio Metrics appointment.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the use of Bio Metrics is “helping to make travel simple, easy and convenient for legitimate visitors, but virtually impossible for those who wish to do harm or violate U.S. laws.” (DHS)

When you go to your Bio Metrics appointment, don’t forget to bring your photo ID, appointment notice, any receipt notices you may have from your immigration application, and any additional information requested by USCIS.

If you have questions about how to prepare your immigration application, give us a call, and we would be happy to set up an appointment.

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