Biometrics are documentation of your fingerprints, photograph and signature. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) uses this information to see whether you have committed any crimes or immigration violations. The USCIS will send you a letter that schedules you for your biometrics appointment. 

When Do I Go to a Biometrics Appointment?

Certain applications that you file with the USCIS will require you to go to a biometrics appointment. The USCIS will schedule a biometrics appointment for you at a local USCIS office after it receives your application. You will get a letter in the mail telling you when and where to go to your appointment.

What Happens at the Appointment?

You will be asked to give your fingerprints and signature, and have your photograph taken. A USCIS officer will stamp your appointment letter, which confirms that you came to your appointment. Be sure to save your appointment letter—it’s your proof that you went to your appointment.

What Should I Take to My Appointment?

You must bring the following documents to your appointment:

  • Your biometrics appointment notice (the letter you will have received in the mail)
  • A photo ID such as your passport, driver’s license, military photo ID or state ID
  • Your permanent resident card (green card) or other evidence that you are a green card holder (if you are applying to renew your green card)

You might have to wait in line, the process should otherwise be quick and simple. Good luck!