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Hi,

So I got the letter in the mail and I have my biometrics appointment next week in Indianapolis. What should I expect? Does it take hours or is it a fast process? Is there an interview? I will get there one hour before the appointment but should I show up earlier just in case there's thousands of people? Thanks so much!

 

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The actual process takes minutes. The total wait, however, could take anywhere from minutes to over an hour depending on how busy they are.

No interview. They aren't usually IOs. Some may like to talk and ask questions, but it's not something officially on your record.

There's likely not "thousands" of people at an ASC in a whole day. Maybe a few hundred tops?

 

As for a typical timeline at Indianapolis, I would have to defer to others. We did ours in Philadelphia - one of the busiest (but certainly not the busiest) in the country, and our time just had a handful of others there at the same time. There was only seating for maybe 100 people total.

 

Good luck.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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Posted (edited)
28 minutes ago, geowrian said:

The actual process takes minutes. The total wait, however, could take anywhere from minutes to over an hour depending on how busy they are.

No interview. They aren't usually IOs. Some may like to talk and ask questions, but it's not something officially on your record.

There's likely not "thousands" of people at an ASC in a whole day. Maybe a few hundred tops?

 

As for a typical timeline at Indianapolis, I would have to defer to others. We did ours in Philadelphia - one of the busiest (but certainly not the busiest) in the country, and our time just had a handful of others there at the same time. There was only seating for maybe 100 people total.

 

Good luck.

I did my biometrics in Philly too and was outside in about 5-10 minutes. I was shocked, since you're right that Philly is one of the busiest local offices in the country!

If they would process the actual I-485 as quick as that my biometrics appointment was I would be so happy lol.

Off to another year of waiting! Well, at least I have my EAD and AP 

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Totally depends on the location. Mine were taken in Duluth, MN.  

I got there 30 minutes early assuming that it was going to be a long time to get in and then a wait, but I walked through security in less than 2 minutes (one of the guards even took me to the elevator and directed me from there because it was a convoluted building) and the lady in the office was happy to see me before my appointment.   The longest part was waiting while she reset the computer system - I was in and out in less than 10 minutes.

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Hubby's appt was at facility outside of Chicago (can't remember which).  He was in an out really quickly, maybe 10 - 15 minutes from walking in to walking out.  They verified his information and the fingerprints they took were inkless.  (I only mention it because he was amused by it and accidentally made the lady helping him raise an eyebrow at him.  "They do this differently now."   :: her looking at him odd ::  "From when they did the security check at my last job.")   D'oh!!    :)  


Petitioner: USC | Applicant: B2 | (c)9 AOS (Marriage)

07/31/18: Filed I-130, I-130A

08/01/18: Delivered Potomac Processing Center

08/07/18: Text/Mail Notifications (for I-130)

08/14/18: Hard Copy NOA (for I-130)

08/24/18: Mailed I-485, I-765, I-864

08/27/18: Delivered

08/31/18: Filed

09/04/18: Text Notifications (for I-485, I-765, I-864)

09/06/18: Hard Copy NOA (for I-485, I-765, I-864)

09/14/18: Biometrics letter rec'd

09/26/18: Biometrics appt completed

10/02/18: Ready for interview to be scheduled.

12/18/18: Form I-130 APPROVED!

01/27/19: EAD Approved and card being printed!

02/02/19: Combo card and SSN card arrived!

03/08/19: Text and online notification that interview has been scheduled!

...Waiting....

 

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Once you're all checked in, the process itself is quite fast. Depending on how busy your service center is, the wait ahead of the appointment itself can be long. I had a weekday afternoon appointment right after the holidays in NYC, but I went first thing in the morning to avoid having to leave work. At least at the office I went to, they still let me in despite my appointment being much later, and they didn't care at all when your appointment was once you were inside...it was sort of a free for all. But the whole thing took about an hour and a half for me, despite the actual biometrics only taking about 10 minutes. No interview...just fingerprints, photo, and confirmation of biographical information that you provide them with. I did a really thorough write-up of my experience in the below post. Might not totally apply to Indianapolis, but worth sharing just in case!

 


AOS from TN Status

 

07/07/2018 -- Married

12/01/2018 -- Mailed AOS package (I-130/I-130A, I-485, I-864, I-765, I-131) to Chicago Lockbox

12/03/2018 [Day 1] -- AOS package received at Chicago Lockbox

12/07/2018 [Day 4] -- Credit card charged $1760 for I-130, I-485 + biometrics fee (via Form G-1450)

12/11/2018 [Day 8] -- Four (4) text alerts confirming receipt of case 

12/17/2018 [Day 14] -- Four (4) hard copy NOAs received in mail (Notice Date: 12/10/2018, Priority Date: 12/03/2018) 

12/21/2018 [Day 18] -- Biometrics notice received

12/24/2018 [Day 21] -- Courtesy letter received for I-693

01/02/2019 [Day 30] -- Biometrics completed 

01/07/2019 [Day 35] -- I-485 Status changed to "Biometrics review completed"

02/13/2019 [Day 72] -- I-485 Status changed to "Case is Ready to Be Scheduled for An Interview"

02/25/2019 [Day 84] -- AP expedite request submitted via phone

02/27/2019 [Day 86] -- AP expedite request denied via email

03/22/2019 [Day 109] -- I-765 Status changed to "New Card is Being Produced"

 xx/xx/2019 [Day xxx] -- EAD/AP combo card received

 xx/xx/2019 [Day xxx] -- Interview notice received

 xx/xx/2019 [Day xxx] -- AOS interview 

 xx/xx/2019 [Day xxx] -- Green card received 

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