How will I know my security check is complete? Hi, I’m Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States at our offices in St. Louis, San Diego, and Washington, DC. In today’s video, we’re talking about the security checks, the background checks, and everyone I think is aware that when you apply for most immigration benefits, they are going to conduct a background check on you. Typically, this is accomplished by you going to your local application support center, your ASC, and getting your fingerprints taken and your picture taken.
And we did a video the other day about how Donald Trump wanted to expand those biometrics recordings and all the information and data that they wanted to gather, but luckily the Biden administration has put the kibosh on that. That will not be happening, but in order to have your background check completed, you do have to get fingerprinted and have your picture taken and once your fingerprints are complete, those are sent off to the FBI and to other crime agencies, and they do a whole workup of your whole history and they are actually pretty accurate and pretty good about what they find in your criminal history.
So, if you’re thinking about applying for an immigration benefit, you want to make sure, first of all, that you are not setting yourself up for possible deportation or removal. If you have a serious crime, you need to talk to an immigration lawyer before you go ahead and file for that immigration benefit. But once you do, and once you get fingerprinted, background checks usually take six to eight weeks, maybe 12 weeks. Now, they will give you that as a response for months and months. They’ll tell you background check, security check long after the case is over and that can be really frustrating for people.
They want to know, Jim, how will I know when my biometrics have been checked and all my background checked? When will I know that it’s finished? And sadly, you don’t. They might tell you that your cylinder background check, or they might tell you your background check is complete. But remember, I always say it doesn’t matter until you actually have your interview. It doesn’t matter until you actually have your immigration benefits. So when they’re telling you things like background check, background check, security check, security check, that’s just their way of saying we’re delaying your case. You have to learn how to translate that language. If they’re saying background check or security check, they’re really just slow walking your case and they’re taking their own sweet time. So if you are sick and tired of hearing about background checks or security checks, if you’ve been waiting for years on background check, they’re lying and they’re just not going to decide your case probably unless you sue them.
So, you don’t get a letter in the mail when your security check is complete. You don’t get a notification that your background check has been reviewed. All that happens as the case starts to move again. So, it’s really just another one of these BS rationales that [inaudible 00:02:43] uses for slowing people’s cases and they don’t give you any real information. Calling the 1-800 number, as I said many times, is usually a waste of time. And if they’re telling you a background check, that means there’s something about your case that they’re worried about or that they want to slow walk your case for.
So, I hope this answers your questions and I hope that you don’t get too frustrated waiting for quote unquote background checks to be complete. But if you have questions, you can give us a call at (314) 961-8200. You can email us [email protected] Be sure to join us in our Facebook group, which is called Immigrant Home. If you like this video, we’d love it if you’d subscribe to our YouTube channel so that you get updated when we upload a new video every single day. And then on Tuesdays and Thursdays, usually at noon central, you’ll find me live in our Facebook group and on our YouTube channel answering as many of your immigration law related questions as possible. Thanks a lot and have a great day.