Since the introduction of Biometrics Process for I-539 form, it has become mandatory for many visa holders such as H4 Visa holders to give biometrics for their extensions and Change of Status (COS) applications with USCIS. With COVID-19, USCIS offices and ASCs were closed and none of the H4 or H4+ EAD applicants could give biometrics.
USCIS indicated that they would be able to reuse old biometrics, if someone had given the same in past…There was no full press alert by USICS on the same. So, we had no confirmation on the same from community. Thankfully, one our readers, Sudha shared today that they received USCIS I-797 Notice of Action indicating that USCIS will re-use the previous fingerprints and other biometrics info that was given as part of their previous biometrics appointment at ASC. Thanks much to Sudha for being kind enough to share a copy of the same for our blog readers and community to see it. We really appreciate it ! Also, they have shared how the status looks online on USCIS website after this notice was sent. This notice very likely is some positive hope for many waiting.
USCIS Status update, if Biometrics were reused for your H4 Application
Below is the USCIS Online status that you would see, if they are going to re-use the biometrics that were given by you. It will say “Case Was Updated To Show Fingerprints Were Taken I-539”. Below is the exact screenshot and the text.
“As of XXXXX, 2020, fingerprints relating to your Form I-539, Application To Extend/ Change Nonimmigrant Status, Receipt Number XXXXXX have been applied to your case.
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USCIS Receipt Notice, if Biometrics reused for H4 Application
The I-797A Notice of Action from USCIS would clearly tell that they will reuse the biometrics given in the past. Below is the exact text that it will say
“… USCIS is able to reuse your previously captured fingerprints and other biometrics. USCIS will run the same security checks and use your biometric data as in past, however, it is not necessary for you to appear as ta USCIS Application Support Center (ASC) for a biometrics appointment. The Biometrics fee will not be refunded…”
It will indicate that USCIS will continue to process your application, petition. Below is the exact notice mailed by USCIS.
Did you give Biometrics in past and see the same status like above for your H4 ? Share your thoughts, experiences in comments.