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I got a letter with my biometrics appointment date, 3 weeks from now. They definitely do permit walk-ins according to other applicants' posts on here. Is there a definitive answer to whether a walk-in will actually speed up any of the immigration stages? We applied for AP/EAD/I-485/I-130. I've seen plenty of people posting that they *think* it hurried along their green card application process, but I've also found people who say the processes simply don't work like that and that even if the biometrics stage is finished early, nothing happens until a certain amount of time after the original appointment. Anyone know the answer?

Even if the advantage is just to get it out of the way for the time being I'll probably still try and do a walk-in at some point in the next week, since the location's not that inconvenient for me. But if people convince me it definitely speeds up the process I'll head down there this afternoon!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Most places do not allow walk-ins. Some only allow it if you have proof you cannot make it to the time given to you.

The ASC center does not have your case file until the date of your appointment so they cannot match your prints to anything until they get your file on that date. It does not hurry anything along.


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Your I-129f was approved in 5 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

AOS was approved in 2 months and 8 days without interview.

ROC was approved in 3 months and 2 days without interview.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Thailand
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I did the walk-in biometrics, in my opinion, I don't think it has done any "speed up" with my case.

It just gave the good feeling that it might fasten the process.. :)


Naturalization

04/22/15 (Day 0) N-400 Package sent

08/03/15 Interview - Recommend for Approval

08/18/15 Oath Ceremony

ROC

12/17/2013 (Day 0) ROC Package sent

12/23/2013 (Day 7) NOA date

01/27/14 (Day 43) Biometric Appointment

03/14/14 Case transferred to CSC

05/16/14 New Card Received

AOS from B2
11/14/2011 (Day 0) AOS Package sent (I-130, I-485, I-765)
11/15/2011 (Day 1) Package received by USCIS

12/12/2011 Biometrics Appointment
01/28/2012 (Day 74) EAD Card in hands
02/02/2012 (Day 79) Received letter of Interview Notice
03/02/2012 (Day 108) Interview - Dallas
03/21/2012 (Day 127) Green Card in Hands!

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Most places do not allow walk-ins. Some only allow it if you have proof you cannot make it to the time given to you.

The ASC center does not have your case file until the date of your appointment so they cannot match your prints to anything until they get your file on that date. It does not hurry anything along.

I seem to be quite lucky in that my local center does allow impromptu walk-ins, according to anecdotes posted on here. Particularly late afternoons when they're not busy.

Good to know about the actual processes though - thanks for that info. I'll probably pop down there sometime this week or next, and see if I can get it out of the way for now.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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You know it is just so hard to say. When we started this process for a KI visa I felt this would take forever to get done. I read so many posts and scanned through timelines and the more I read the more I worried. It can't hurt to get it done earlier. Its only basic information and your fingerprints. Probably one of the easiest parts of the process. Why not try to get it done and over with? We filed our 129F on May 2nd of 2011 and we have our EAD/AP already. OUr case has been transfered and in 11 months we have come this far. Its crazy but each case is very different. Can you believe that was with an RFE?? Just keep working at it and good luck. Hope you get answers soon.Shellie

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It can speed up some things in certain cases. For example, it sped up my husband's EAD. We did the walk in and the EAD was approved hours later. This is generally only the case if they are JUST waiting on your fingerprints to continue, though, such as when your local office is otherwise backed up as ours was.

I have to respectfully disagree with Inky on this as they definitely were able to match up the fingerprints early in our case - our appointment was several weeks later but as I said, the EAD was approved a few hours after the walk-in.


OUR TIMELINE

I am the USC, husband is adjusting from B2.

ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS

08.06.2010 - Sent off I-485
08.25.2010 - NOA hard copies received (x4), case status available online: 765, 131, 130.
10.15.2010 - RFE received: need 2 additional photos for AP.
10.18.2010 - RFE response sent certified mail
10.21.2010 - Service request placed for biometrics
10.25.2010 - RFE received per USCIS
10.26.2010 - Text/email received - AP approved!
10.28.2010 - Biometrics appointment received, dated 10/22 - set for 11/19 @ 3:00 PM
11.01.2010 - Successful biometrics walk-in @ 9:45 AM; EAD card sent for production text/email @ 2:47 PM! I-485 case status now available online.
11.04.2010 - Text/Email (2nd) - EAD card sent for production
11.08.2010 - Text/Email (3rd) - EAD approved
11.10.2010 - EAD received
12.11.2010 - Interview letter received - 01.13.11
01.13.2011 - Interview - no decision on the spot
01.24.2011 - Approved! Card production ordered!

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS

11.02.2012 - Mailed I-751 packet to VSC
11.08.2012 - Checks cashed
11.10.2012 - NOA1 received, dated 11.06.2012
11.17.2012 - Biometrics letter received for 12.05.2012
11.23.2012 - Successful early biometrics walk-in

05.03.2013 - Approved! Card production ordered!

CITIZENSHIP

Filing in November 2013

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It can speed up some things in certain cases. For example, it sped up my husband's EAD. We did the walk in and the EAD was approved hours later. This is generally only the case if they are JUST waiting on your fingerprints to continue, though, such as when your local office is otherwise backed up as ours was.

I have to respectfully disagree with Inky on this as they definitely were able to match up the fingerprints early in our case - our appointment was several weeks later but as I said, the EAD was approved a few hours after the walk-in.

I was going to ask if you guys actually received the card in hand earlier than you would have done had you stuck to your original appointment, but I can see from your timeline you did. Good to know! Thanks for the info

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I was going to ask if you guys actually received the card in hand earlier than you would have done had you stuck to your original appointment, but I can see from your timeline you did. Good to know! Thanks for the info

Yep, we did! In our case, though, I'm pretty sure it was due to our office being backed up - the EAD takes 2-3 months regardless of when biometrics is, an early walk-in can sometimes just speed it up by a week or two. So if you get your biometrics notice a week or two after filing, it probably won't matter if you do the early walk-in since nothing else will be processed yet. Whereas in our case, and in other cases I've seen where it makes a difference, people have waited several months for biometrics so I presume everything else is probably ready to go and the fingerprinting is just the last thing needed.


OUR TIMELINE

I am the USC, husband is adjusting from B2.

ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS

08.06.2010 - Sent off I-485
08.25.2010 - NOA hard copies received (x4), case status available online: 765, 131, 130.
10.15.2010 - RFE received: need 2 additional photos for AP.
10.18.2010 - RFE response sent certified mail
10.21.2010 - Service request placed for biometrics
10.25.2010 - RFE received per USCIS
10.26.2010 - Text/email received - AP approved!
10.28.2010 - Biometrics appointment received, dated 10/22 - set for 11/19 @ 3:00 PM
11.01.2010 - Successful biometrics walk-in @ 9:45 AM; EAD card sent for production text/email @ 2:47 PM! I-485 case status now available online.
11.04.2010 - Text/Email (2nd) - EAD card sent for production
11.08.2010 - Text/Email (3rd) - EAD approved
11.10.2010 - EAD received
12.11.2010 - Interview letter received - 01.13.11
01.13.2011 - Interview - no decision on the spot
01.24.2011 - Approved! Card production ordered!

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS

11.02.2012 - Mailed I-751 packet to VSC
11.08.2012 - Checks cashed
11.10.2012 - NOA1 received, dated 11.06.2012
11.17.2012 - Biometrics letter received for 12.05.2012
11.23.2012 - Successful early biometrics walk-in

05.03.2013 - Approved! Card production ordered!

CITIZENSHIP

Filing in November 2013

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