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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the implementation of a new nationwide biometrics process for conditional permanent residents who file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. The new process is being implemented with immediately effect. According to the old process, after getting the approval of Form I-751, an approval notice was issued instructing the applicant to appear at a USCIS District Office for processing of his or her Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”). The approved applicant used to manually submit passport-style photographs, index fingerprints, and a signature on Form I-89, I-551 or I-586 Card Data Collection Form, for creation of his or her permanent resident card.

According to the new process, all conditional permanent residents are required to appear at a USCIS Application Support Center (ASC) after filing Form I-751 in order to have their biometrics electronically captured. An ASC appointment notice will automatically be sent by mail to the applicant with the specific date, time and location for biometric processing. Biometric processing includes the electronic capture of an applicant's photograph, signature, index fingerprint and ten-print fingerprints. The photograph, signature and index fingerprint are used to generate the lawful permanent resident card, if the Form I-751 is approved. The ten-print fingerprints are captured for the purpose of conducting a criminal background check and are processed for applicants between the ages of 14 and 79. Applicants will no longer be required to submit passport-style photographs, since photographs will be captured at an ASC.

This new process will enhance security and enable USCIS to provide better customer service. An applicant can now check his or her case status on-line and minimize visits to USCIS Field Offices. This new process will improve the efficiency in case processing will increase, and applicants will receive their permanent resident cards in a more timely manner.

Conditional resident applicants currently residing abroad pursuant to military or government orders must have their fingerprints taken at a U.S. Military Installation, Overseas USCIS Office, U.S. Consulate, or U.S. Embassy. USCIS requires all conditional permanent residents, including those residing overseas pursuant to military or government orders, to submit the standard base petition fee of $205 and a biometric services fee of $70.

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