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early / walk-in biometrics useless or not?!

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Hi everyone,

AOS-ing from F1 here. Received my biometrics appointment for Syracuse 3/26, appointment date 4/12. Did a successful walk-in today, 3/28!

A question though; the USCIS guard at the door (not the person actually taking the finger prints / photo, but the one checking for your appointment letter) said she would let me do a walk-in after a bit of haggling, but she said something to the effect of it being at my own risk, "them" (NBC?) not having anything to "match it against yet", and warned that "they" (again, not clear who) would in any case not be looking into the system to see if I had completed my biometrics until my appointment date, which was 4/12.

Does anyone know if this is true? The "matching" thing seemed a bit weird to me anyway, I mean; my case is in the system, so... But I'm not so sure about USCIS not checking for biometrics until the actual appointment date.

She basically made it sound like early / walk-in biometrics is useless, but I've heard otherwise on this forum. It is possible (though not certain, I understand) that this might speed the process up just a little bit, right?Then again, she wasn't the friendliest person in the first place... (I remember her well from when my mother-in-law naturalized last year)... It was very nice to find out that once inside, the actual USCIS person taking the prints and photo could not have been nicer!


July/August 2005: entry > F1-student (summer program)

August 2006: entry > F1-student (PhD)

April 2009: started dating

February 2012: wedding

March 12, 2012: AOS sent (I-485, I-130, I-765)

March 15, 2012: AOS received (delivery confirmation)

March 16, 2012 (day 0): Official in the system

March 20, 2012 (day 4): Emails/Texts NOA1 I-485, I-130, I-765

March 26, 2012 (day 10): Received mailed NOA1 I-485, I-130, I-765 AND biometrics appointment letter (date April 12, 2012)

March 28, 2012 (day 12): Successful biometrics walk-in in Syracuse, NY

April 23, 2012 (day 38): I-797C interview date: May 29 in Buffalo, NY!

May 22, 2012 (day 67): EAD in the mail!

May 29, 2012 (day 74): Interview in Buffalo, NY: approved on the spot!

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Early biometrics doesn't speed up the process. ASC center does not have your file electronically until the date on your appointment. They cant FWD your prints or anything until that day. But going early means they can FWD the prints early morning instead of waiting for you to come in.


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I also did an early drop-in with the hopes of that speeding up my EAD process. No such luck. From what I have seen in these forums, and also based on my personal experience, doing it early is pretty much useless in terms of speeding up the process. It won't harm you either though, so at least you have it out of the way now.


Adjustment of Status from F-1 to Legal Permanent Resident

02/11/2011 Married at Manhattan City Hall

03/03/2011 - Day 0 - AOS -package mailed to Chicago Lockbox

03/04/2011 - Day 1 - AOS -package signed for at USCIS

03/09/2011 - Day 6 - E-mail notification received for all petitions

03/10/2011 - Day 7 - Checks cashed

03/11/2011 - Day 8 - NOA 1 received for all 4 forms

03/21/2011 - Day 18 - Biometrics letter received, biometrics scheduled for 04/14/2011

03/31/2011 - Day 28 - Successful walk-in biometrics done

05/12/2011 - Day 70 - EAD Arrived, issued on 05/02

06/14/2011 - Day 103 - E-mail notice: Interview letter mailed, interview scheduled for July 20th

07/20/2011 - Day 139 - Interview at Federal Plaza USCIS location

07/22/2011 - Day 141 - E-mail approval notice received (Card production)

07/27/2011 - Day 146 - 2nd Card Production Email received

07/28/2011 - Day 147 - Post-Decision Activity Email from USCIS

08/04/2011 - Day 154 - Husband returns home from abroad; Welcome Letter and GC have arrived in the mail

("Resident since" date on the GC is 07/20/2011

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Thanks for your help! :)


July/August 2005: entry > F1-student (summer program)

August 2006: entry > F1-student (PhD)

April 2009: started dating

February 2012: wedding

March 12, 2012: AOS sent (I-485, I-130, I-765)

March 15, 2012: AOS received (delivery confirmation)

March 16, 2012 (day 0): Official in the system

March 20, 2012 (day 4): Emails/Texts NOA1 I-485, I-130, I-765

March 26, 2012 (day 10): Received mailed NOA1 I-485, I-130, I-765 AND biometrics appointment letter (date April 12, 2012)

March 28, 2012 (day 12): Successful biometrics walk-in in Syracuse, NY

April 23, 2012 (day 38): I-797C interview date: May 29 in Buffalo, NY!

May 22, 2012 (day 67): EAD in the mail!

May 29, 2012 (day 74): Interview in Buffalo, NY: approved on the spot!

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Thanks for your help! :)

I dont know how much it really does speed up the process... im not really sure what happened to me but i went in for a walk-in biometrics and in the afternoon my EAD status changed to "card has been sent for production" :| I dont know how reliable this is! I am going to call to verify.. as i know the EAD cant be produced without fingerprints..

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