HOW TO RESCHEDULE YOUR USCIS BIOMETRICS APPOINTMENT
Your biometrics appointment is for you USCIS to collect your fingerprints and a photograph of you for running security clearances and checking your identity and criminal record. Your biometrics appointment notice will arrive on USCIS Form I-797C with a location of a biometrics service center as well as a date and time for you to attend. You should bring that appointment notice and a passport or State ID to your appointment.
The day of your appointment they will stamp your appointment notice to show that you attended and had your biometrics done. You should make sure to hold onto the stamped copy of your notice once you attend so you can show that you complied with the requirements.
USCIS has begun accepting online requests to reschedule a biometrics appointment. If you need to reschedule your biometrics (fingerprint) appointment then you can go to the USCIS website and request a new date.
Sufficient reasons for rescheduling your biometrics appointment may include, but are not limited to:
- Illness, medical appointment, or hospitalization;
- Previously planned travel;
- Significant life events such as a wedding, funeral, or graduation ceremony;
- Inability to obtain transportation to the appointment location;
- Inability to obtain leave from employment or caregiver responsibilities; and
- Late delivered or undelivered biometric services appointment notice.
USCIS only accepts untimely rescheduling requests made to the USCIS Contact Center and does not accept untimely requests to reschedule by mail or in-person at a USCIS office or through the myUSCIS online rescheduling tool.
Through myUSCIS (best way)
To reschedule your appointment using the online tool you should log-in to your myUSCIS account online and follow the instructions. This is the best way to reschedule.
USCIS Virtual Assistant
You can speak with the USCIS virtual assistant (Emma) and ask that your biometrics appointment be rescheduled.
Call the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833) from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 8pm Eastern time. Provide the customer service representative with your:
- Birth date
- Case number
The Contact Center representative will create a request to reschedule your interview in the system. It can take several weeks to process the request.
If You Already Missed your Appointment
If you already missed your appointment you should contact USCIS right away. Inform them that you missed your appointment and you need a new appointment to get your biometrics done.
If you miss your biometrics appointment without having rescheduled it, and it is still within a week or two of your scheduled appointment date, you can try going to the same location at the same time and showing your appointment letter. They will sometimes allow you to get your biometrics done late if you are within a few days of that appointment date. There is no guarantee that they will and you should not expect them to, but they have allowed it in the past and sometimes when USCIS will instruct you to attend your appointment another day that week when you call to inform them that you missed your appointment.