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Missed biometrics appointment - walked in anyway

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When I opened my mail last evening - my heart sank after seeing that my biometrics appointment was actually at 2 pm earlier in the day at the Norfolk office, VA. Understandably I panicked. The reason I missed the appointment was that - ours is a relatively new housing development and the first line of our address is exactly the same as another one in a different locality. Some of our stuff got sent to that address - as the postal people did not bother to read the whole address.

Anyway in the biometrics appointment letter it stated that you can re-schedule the appointment by sending in the appointment letter to an address referred to therein and checking a box to that effect. I realized if I opted that - it's gonna be easily another month that I might have to wait.

I just decided to walk in anyway the next day - which was today. My reasoning was that I was taking action within 24 hours of me missing my appointment and I thought there was no harm in trying my luck - the worst that could happen is the folks at USCIS office turning me away.

But to my pleasant surprise - after I explained my situation to the lady at the reception she asked me to wait in the room where biometrics were being taken. I once again explained my situation to the officer inside the room - and he said "well you missed your deadline - sorry I cannot take you in" - before I could reply - he grinned " I was just messing with you" - I was relieved and my biometrics/pictures were taken.

So just wanted to advise - depending on the distance that you have to travel to your USCIS office - if you do miss your biometrics appointment you may want to try to go in anyway as soon as possible and explain the reasons why you missed your appointment originally. You might get a sympathetic ear and get the job done.


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I was actually afraid to read your post because I expected bad news. But I just want to say "Congratulations!". It's nice to hear about positive experiences. :)




03/24/11 - Got married in the Boogie-Down Bronx, NYC!
04/21/11 - Mailed I-130,I-765, I-485, I-864 and I-693 - Day 00

04/23/11 - Application delivered - Day 02
04/28/11 - NOA (most forms) - Day 07
05/03/11 - Checks cashed - Day 12
05/31/11 - Biometrics completed in the Bronx, NYC - Day 40
06/24/11 - Received someone else's employment authorization card!!! What the...? - Day 64
07/01/11 - Mailed the poor lady's card back after calling USCIS - Day 71
07/07/11 - Received poor lady's interview notice! What??? - Day 77
07/15/11 - Received my own EAD card - Day 85
08/12/11 - Interview. Approved on the spot! - Day 113
08/18/11 - Received card in the mail - Day 119

05/28/13 - Mailed I-751 - Day 00

05/30/13 - Application delivered - Day 02

05/31/13 - NOA I-797 - Day 03
06/04/13 - Check cashed - Day 07

06/06/13 - NOA delivered to my home/Biometrics letter generated - Day 09

06/10/13 - Received Biometrics letter in the mail - Day 13

06/27/13 - Biometrics completed in Milwaukee, WI - Day 30

09/10/13 - Application approved! - Day 105

09/14/13 - 10 year Green Card received! - Day 109


05/10/16 - Mailed N-400 - Day 00

05/12/16 - Application delivered - Day 02

05/13/16 - Credit card payment accepted - Day 03

05/17/16 - Received text & email update - Day 07

05/20/16 - Received 1st NOA (dated 05/13/16) & created ELIS acct - Day 10

05/21/16 - Received 2nd NOA (dated 05/16/16) confirming my DOB and address - Day 11

05/22/06 - Biometrics scheduled (online update) and appt letter was mailed on 05/20/16 - Day 12

05/24/06 - Biometrics letter became viewable online (appt scheduled for 06/07/16) - Day 14

05/27/16 - Received Biometrics letter in mail - Day 17

05/31/16 - Was denied walk-in fingerprints with just 1 person left in line. Milwaukee office, boo! - Day 21

06/07/16 - Biometrics completed in Milwaukee, WI - Day 28

12/21/16 - Passed Citizenship test/Interview was successful! - Day 197

01/26/17 - I am a US citizen!!! - Day 233

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I was actually afraid to read your post because I expected bad news. But I just want to say "Congratulations!". It's nice to hear about positive experiences. :)

Many thanks... :thumbs:

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