Re-use Biometrics USCIS for H4 - Sample Notice Info

H4 Biometrics with COVID : USCIS reused previous – Sample Notice

In H4 Visa by KumarUpdated : 39 Comments

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.

If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.”

H4 I-539 Status - Case Was Updated To Show Fingerprints Were Taken USCIS

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.

H4 Biometrics Reuse Status by USCIS - Notice I-797C

Did you give Biometrics in past and see the same status like above for your H4 ? Share your thoughts, experiences in comments.

   

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Comments ( 39 )

  1. Manoj

    I got receipt notice on 03/15/2020 for H4 extension. And I didn’t receive any update after that(like Biomterics Appointment request). And this my 1st extension after Biomterics process introduced.
    Please advise.

  2. Sai

    Hi Kumar,

    I filled my H4 extension and EAD last month only with my husband’s H1 extension.
    June 5th receipt notice received
    June 17th I called Uscis to check on my Biomterics Appointment and they told me your Biomterics already on file. Also I requested expedite request which they filed
    June 18th my husband did PP for his H1
    June 22nd we got H1 approved
    June 22nd my expedite request status got change to completed and emailed received saying case is getting reviewed by officer and it will take 30 to 60 days.

    I don’t recall giving my biometrics in USA, so not sure how they have. I did call them multiple times and every time same response that we do have your biometrics on file.
    My current ead will expire on July 15th. Any idea how much more time it will take?

    1. Priya_M

      Hi Sai,

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I am in a similar situation. Can you please share the phone number you used to get in touch with USCIS? I also would like to find out more details about biometrics. I would greatly appreciate it and wish you the very best with your EAD! 🙂

    2. Sai

      Hi Kumar,

      USCIS is saying that they do have my biometrics on file but email to Congressman on my expedite request reflected that they don’t have my biometrics. Any idea why there is mismatch? I will be really appreciate for your response

      1. administrator
        Kumar

        Sai,
        Not sure, it could be simple email communication mismatch. What matters is, if you have given in the past…if so, they have it on file then…

  3. Marchh42020

    Hi Kumar,
    I expediated my case through congress man office since my biometrics has been reused on I 539 form. I got a notice from USCIS stating the same ( same one posted above). Today I got a response – “USCIS records confirm that an Application Support Center (ASC) appointment for biometrics capture has been requested for this case”. I do not understand what they are saying this. I have done biometrics last year at ASC center. Please advise.

    1. Marchh42020

      (contd)….I also got this response from congressman’s office-“According to USCIS records, The service center attempted to reuse the biometrics data from a previous application. This was reflected on the constituent’s case online status. The reuse of prior biometrics was unsuccessful. We are informed that the recent directive pertaining to the reuse of biometrics data is currently not applicable to Form I-539 cases”.

  4. Sruthi Chindam

    Hi

    I have filed for H4 and H4 EAD in march, I got receipt received status in March. But since then there is no update. my ead will expire in sept
    Has USCIS ASC offices opened for Biometrics? Has H4 biometrics started yet?
    I heard there is some law suite going on, because of which there will be significant delays in H4 ead processing. Can you clarify if its true?

    Spence

  5. Rashmi

    I had my bimoterics Appointment on Mar 19th, and all USCIS offices were closed on Mar 18th, I never gave my Bio-metrics in US, did anyone try contacting USCIS regarding when they will be opening the ASC ?

      1. H4 Hopeful

        In the webinar yesterday, USCIS mentioned that they plan to open ASC in a phased manner starting July 13th. The notices will be sent starting the week of 6/29

  6. H4 Hopeful

    Hi, For what services should you have given the Biometrics. I had submitted those as a part of my UK visa application. Given to ASCs in the US. Does that count? Is there a way to find that out?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      H4 Hopeful,
      It has to be given at ASC for USCIS related forms such as I-539. What you gave for UK visa does not work.
      The requirement is for extra security checks when using I-539 form and it is USCIS process.

  7. Santosh

    Those who got this notice. Did you submit your bio metrics at any point in time before this application? Also How long did it take for this notice?What was the initial recipt date for H4 and which center?

    1. Sunny

      Hi Chinna/Sudha/Kumar, Can you please let us know your case received date so that we can compare our case status.

      Thanks
      Sunny

        1. Marchh42020

          Please let me know if your case gets approved. when I tried to expediate my case through congressman when biometrics has reused to my case. I got the following response”We are informed that the recent directive pertaining to the reuse of biometrics data is currently not applicable to Form I-539 cases.” Thanks!

    2. Reddy

      Hi, have you done the prior biometrics in USA or outside USA? and when did you applied the extension? Just curious to know. Appreciate you response.

      1. Prachi

        Hi Kumar,
        My COS from f1 to L2 is in process. They received my case on March 12th. And now when i check my case status, it shows fingerprint fee received. It’s been more than a month. But i have not received any appointment letter. Does it imply i have to give biometrics, and my case won’t be processed before that?

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          Prachi,
          Yes, you need to give biometrics, if you have not given at USCIS center in US before. Wait for the letter or call the USCIS customer service.

          1. Prachi

            Thanks for your quick response Kumar. Surely i will give a call. As such all the ASCs are closed, i would like to wait for a week more before calling. Do you know What is the timeline like? For the decision? Mine is Vermont Center

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