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What are biometrics?

You may be wondering what - exactly - are biometrics?

Biometrics is just a fancy word for an appointment at USCIS for you to be fingerprinted and photographed.  In some ways, the photographing is silly because you have to submit multiple copies of passport-style photographs when you file your spouse visa application.

Even so, USCIS will not begin processing your application until you get digitally photographed at one of their service centers.

The fingerprints are another important part of the process.  In order to conduct a background check, USCIS hires civilian contractors to conduct a fingerprint examination.

After your fingerprints are obtained, they are sent to the FBI for a complete criminal background check.  This check can take several months so it is usually a good idea to get your fingerprints taken as soon as it is requested.

As always, if you have any questions about any of this, feel free to pick up the phone and give us a call.  (314) 961-8200

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