Do I Need Fingerprints to Renew My Green Card

Upon issuance of your green card, it’s valid for 10 years. Then, it must be renewed. As you know, a valid green card is the proof that you need to legally live and work in the United States. It’s also the proof that you need to re-enter the United States after you’ve traveled to another country. Six months before the expiration date of your green card is when you’ll want to begin the renewal process. The current cost of renewing a green card is $540. That includes an $85 biometrics fee.

What are Biometrics?

Pursuant to 8 CFR 103.2 (b) (9), U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has the authority to require biometrics from any green card candidate. The good news about that is that if they’re taking your biometrics for the first time, your permanent residence should be approved shortly and your green card issued. Biometrics merely consist of your photograph, signature and fingerprints.

What are Biometrics Used For?

The purpose of biometrics is to confirm your identity. Biometrics are likely to also be used to check for a                  record of a criminal history and any prior immigration violations. Like your first biometrics appointment nearly 10 years ago, your biometrics appointment should only take about 10 or 15minutes. Getting into the facility where your biometrics will be taken is likely to take considerably longer though. Here’s what you need to bring with you:

  • Your written notice of appointment.
  • A valid ID with a photograph like your passport or driver’s license.
  • A receipt notice indicating the type of immigration application that is being processed.
  • Anything else that USCIS says is needed.

People change over 10 years. Their hair color may be different, or they might gain or lose weight. Peoples’ signatures change over time too, but fingerprints never change. USCIS just wants to know if it’s still you after 10 years. Your biometrics might also provide you certain protections against forgery and identify theft. Renewing them is just a minor inconvenience every decade. If USCIS advises that your biometrics aren’t satisfactory, you should confidentially consult with us here at Maison Law Immigration Lawyers in Bakersfield, CA. We want to see you continue to live and work in the United States for at least another 10 years if not a lifetime.

Contact a California Immigration Lawyer Today

If you or a family member need assistance in obtaining a permanent residency in the United States, speak with a Central Valley immigration attorney at Maison Law Immigration Lawyers. We know what needs to be done to effectively help you. We’re committed to helping every person who intends on becoming a permanent resident of the United States in obtaining the professional legal assistance that they deserve. It’s people like you who built this country, and your family members can continue build it even better.

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