Since USCIS closed their offices and Application Support Centers (ASCs) with COVID-19 many are not able to give Biometrics for H4, L2, B2 or other types of applications that are submitted using Biometrics required I-539 form. Recently, USICIS announced that they will open ASCs in July 2020 in phased approach and send out rescheduled Biometrics notices. Many have been waiting for the same. One of our readers, Manoj got the re-scheduled Biometrics Notice. He was kind enough to share the H4 Biometrics appointment notice and the Application Information Worksheet (AIW). Thanks to Manoj for sharing the details with our readers.
Safe Distancing Measures in Place in USCIS Offices, ASCs
Due to COVID-19, there are safe distancing measures in place in USCIS offices and ASCs. They have given update on Jun 29th indicating the below
- No Walk-in Appointments. You must have scheduled appointment.
- You need to be there only 15 min before your Biometrics appointment.
- You should not go to ASCs, if any symptoms of cough, fever, etc.
- You need to carry your own pen
- All visitors need to wear facial mask or covering for mouth and nose.
- All visitors need to answer health screening question before entering a facility.
- No AIW forms will be given, they will be sent with appointment notice.
- Check USCIS COVID-19 alerts page before you go, to be sure, if any changes.
You can check the page that tracks all USCIS COVID-19 Updates, News, Alerts
Sample H4 Biometrics Appointment Notice sent during COVID-19
The H4 Biometrics appointment Notice is pretty much same as the before COVID-19, there are no additional fields or any disclaimers in there. You need to carry the appointment notice and the Photo ID as listed on the notice. The only difference we can think of is the duration from the date of the Notice. The Biometrics Appointment is given about 2 weeks from the notice date. You still have options to re-schedule; nothing has changed there. For comparison, you can check General Sample H4 Biometrics Notice and compare the same with below current sample of the same.
Note : Original receipt date for Biometrics for March 15th, 2020. The below is rescheduled notice that was sent on July-11-2020.
Sample Application Information Worksheet (AIW) form during COVID-19
USCIS also sends the AIW form along with the appointment notice to avoid people crowding or spending more time at ASCs due to COVID. If you look at the previous AIW sheet, it looks more or less the same. Just that the new one has header on top saying it is a I-797C notice of action and Also, there are check boxes instead of the standard circle the relevant one. There are not much changes in the number of fields. Just one additional signature field at the end to sign under penalty of perjury, which was not there in the previous ones. You can check previous Application Information Worksheet(AIW), How to fill to get an idea of the old one and compare with the new one below.
Did you receive the rescheduled appointment notice? or AIW sheet ? Share your update and thoughts in comments.