If they reuse my biometrics, will my case go faster? Hi. I’m Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States at our offices in St. Louis, San Diego, and Washington, D.C.
Today, I’m in New York City after an epic weekend of Dave Matthews’ concert, To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway, hanging out with my son, Yusuf, and my friend, Jay [Ruaine 00:00:21]. Today, we’re going to the Jets’ game, my beloved Jets, one of the most horrible franchises in the NFL.
But I wanted to shoot this video for all of you from New York, talking about what happens when they say they’re going to reuse your biometrics. We just had a question in Immigrant Home, our Facebook group. If you’re not a member, you should join. There’s a lot of great information being traded and exchanged in Immigrant Home. Someone wants to know if my biometrics notice comes in the mail and it says, “Hey, we’re just going to reuse your biometrics,” they want to know, does that mean my case will go faster?
In my experience, it does not mean that. It doesn’t mean your case is going to go slower, but it certainly doesn’t mean that your case is going to go faster. Of course, for most immigration benefits, especially immigrant benefits as opposed to non-immigrant benefits, if you’re in the United States, you’re going to have to do your fingerprinting, your biometrics, where they take your picture, they do your fingerprinting, and then they get to work on processing your application.
The thought is, well, since they already had them, will that make things go faster? The only way it does make it go faster is the fact that you don’t have to wait for the appointment. Typically, when you get your biometrics notice, your fingerprint appointment is six or eight weeks later. Here, you’re going to be relieved of that duty and they’re just going to go ahead and process your case based on your prior fingerprints. The only good thing there is then that you just miss those six or eight weeks, which isn’t a bad thing. But as far as processing itself, I don’t think it goes much faster. They still have to do the background check. They still have to check all the government agency databases to see if you’re a good person or if you’ve had any interactions with law enforcement. That’s really what they’re checking for. Overall, it does go a little bit faster, but not that much faster.
I hope this helps answer that question. I hope you’re getting the immigration benefits that you deserve. I hope you’re having a great day today. If you have any questions or need our help, give us a call, 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 liked this video, we ask that you please share it out on social, that you subscribe our YouTube channel, and that you join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays when we answer as many of your immigration law-related questions as possible on our Immigration Answers Live Show, which is usually live at noon, Central Time. We’ll see there on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Thanks a lot. Peace out.