What's the deal with biometric delays? Hi, I'm Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States out of our office here in St. Louis, Missouri.
Man, people are mad and they should be mad. It's ridiculous how long people are waiting for their biometrics notices. In the old days, you would have your biometrics, which is your fingerprint interview, at USCIS within three or four weeks of your receipt notice being received. So, typical timeline, file a new application for an immigration benefit and you'll get a receipt notice after that. And then if it's one that requires fingerprints, you get a biometric/fingerprints notice probably four weeks later. We are seeing delays of six months, seven months. And of course, this is all Trump. This is partly caused by COVID, but it's not really. The Trump administration couldn't have asked for a better reason to slow down legal immigration in the United States and not sending people their biometrics notices is just one more example of how they're trying to screw immigrants out of the benefits that they have paid for and are eligible for.
So, I anticipate, under President-elect Biden, that biometric notices will start coming out more quickly. Obviously, USCIS is going to need to be revamped from top to bottom. And one of those things that I hope is on the front burner of things that they need to fix is getting these biometric notices moving again, because nothing happens until you actually get fingerprinted, because they can't run your background check until you get fingerprinted and they can't schedule you for an interview until your background check is completed.
So, this is all by design. It's not by accident. It's not just because of coronavirus or because of public safety. This is them using the public health crisis that we know as the pandemic for their own political agendas.
And so, I anticipate that you'll start seeing biometric notices coming a lot faster, that we'll be having more biometric notices and cases will start moving along more quickly. But I think it's going to take six, eight, nine, 12 months to get the system back in place.
So, it's a joke. Trump's a joke. I'm glad he's leaving. I'm glad the clowns that are running Department of Homeland Security are leaving and USCIS, these guys are criminals. And as far as I'm concerned, they should all be locked up in jail.
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