Biometrics Now Required for Permanent Resident Reentry Permits

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Permanent residents applying for reentry permits in order to travel back to the United States after a long absence must now appear for a biometrics appointment at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office before departing the United States. The new agency policy could delay applicants who have imminent plans to travel abroad.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) now requires lawful permanent residents age 14 through 79 who have filed an application for a reentry permit to provide biometrics at a USCIS Application Support Center (ASC) appointment prior to departing the United States. The new requirement also applies to individuals who are applying for refugee travel documents. Because reentry permit and refugee travel document applicants must wait for a USCIS appointment notice in order to have their biometrics taken, the new requirement could delay those individuals who have imminent plans to travel abroad.

According to new instructions to Form I-131, the USCIS form used to apply for travel documents, reentry permit applicants will receive an ASC appointment notice after their application is filed. If the applicant departs the United States before biometrics are collected, the instructions indicate that the reentry permit application may be denied. Many foreign nationals have inquired about the possibility of providing biometrics at a U.S. consulate abroad. The instructions, however, do not provide a clear mechanism for reentry permit applicants to have biometrics collected outside the United States. FRAGOMEN is seeking further clarification on this issue.

Applicants requiring expedited processing should submit an email address and fax number along with two pre-paid, self-addressed express mailers along with the Form I-131. If USCIS approves the expedite request, the pre-paid express mailers will be used to return the ASC appointment notice and the reentry permit once the application has been adjudicated.

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  • Allyson

    I am a permanent resident with a green card that is in the process of getting renewed. I just got my interview for the biometrics appointment for next month. I also need to travel outside the country to visit my sick father but I don’t know how I would be able to get back in.

    If I go to the biometrics appointment and take care of that and right after leaving the US, will it get me trouble as far as not being able to get back into the country?

  • Allyson

    I am a permanent resident with a green card that is in the process of getting renewed. I just got my interview for the biometrics appointment for next month. I also need to travel outside the country to visit my sick father but I don’t know how I would be able to get back in.

    If I go to the biometrics appointment and take care of that and right after leaving the US, will it get me trouble as far as not being able to get back into the country?

    Thanks in advance!

  • Allyson

    Can I travel outside the country after I go to my biometrics appointment?
    I’m renewing my Permanent Resident card and I just got a paper, showing me the date on which I have to appear for my biometrics appointment and take my fingerprints. I also need to travel outside the country to visit my bed ridden father.

    What happens if I go visit him after the biometrics have been taken care of? Is that possible? Thanks in advance!

  • JOHN

    My wife will be fingerprinted because she is in the process of getting her green card for the third time. My question is will she be getting her green card right away or proof she will get one, so we can travel to her country to attend a wedding by the third week of December? Someone has to know the answer to this simple question.

  • rowena

    my two children who are below 14 yrs of age applied for reentry permits. they left the US after applying since we were aware that only legal permanent residents aged 14 to 79 are required to report for biometrics taking. now, we received a notice that they have to report for biometrics taking asap. what do we do? tried to contact 1 800 no. but it’s out of order. thanks….

  • NF

    Hey Joana,

    How did you get the appointment with ASC using InfoPass? When I try to do it, it just gives me the nearest field office, not the ASC. I also tried to put in the zip code of the ASC, but it still gave me the field office, and not the ASC.

    Thanks

  • Danielle

    Hi i received the NOA with a RD for March 10th…for the reentry permit application, that isnt the biometrics appointment letter is it? does anyone how long the biometrics letter takes to come after you receive an NOA?

    Thanks!

  • joana

    i just scheduled an appointment to my local ASC using infopass (online), and asked them in person. they took my biometrics that day.
    it was 3 weeks after i got my NOA, so maybe i had it easy, but just try, they’re very courteous and more than happy to hear you out. :-D hope this helps, cause i had the same problem a week before i left..

  • jayjay

    can i leave us/walnut c.a if my biometrics are already taken?

  • Clayre

    I need to go back to the Philippines ASAP. My appoinment is on July 2nd. Am I allowed to schedule it earlier than July 2nd? Let me know asap please thanks!

  • Phillip

    DO i have to wait for my Biometric to be collected? coz i did my biometric so do i have to wait for them to mail me that they collected my fingerprinting/biometric? I need answer ASAP…Please…

  • neil

    GEBRESELASE ARAYA i applied for my refugee travel doc. last year i already have it and they actually didnt fingerprinted me, i have no idea why, i guess they already had it on file because i recently had my finger printed for my work permit [but i had to pay the 80$ fee] i still had to wait about 5 months :S to tell you the truth best thing is to call the uscis customer service and it would be sweet if you keep the blog update on their answer :P
    hope im not too late!

    • http://www.askstudent.com/international-student/biometrics-now-required-for-permanent-resident-reentry-permits/ mo4sh

      i applied for reentry permit, they sent me the NOA about 2 weeks ago. they did not say anything in that NOA. so i am waiting my biometric appointment for the last 15 days and nothing show up. i did another biometric 7 months ago and don’t know if i still have to go for another one or not. Do u know how long it take to receive the biometric appointment after u receive the NOA?

  • GEBRESELASE ARAYA

    I want to have appointment with an immigration officer in Minnesota for a pending Reentry document.

  • jad

    my parents are applying for I131 due to emergency circumstances they have to leave for more thaN 6 months however they have no time to stick around and wat for the fingerprints appointment any idea if they can do the biometrics in a consulate back home?

  • Mitali

    hi,

    I applied for re-entry permit for my aunt and her son in October. After calling the 1800 number we found out that Son’s application was denied because we paid extra fees.
    They said they have sent us the whole packet(which might consist the fees) to us on Oct 21. Indicating the further steps that need to be taken.
    We havent received the packet yet. Its not in the post office.
    I am worried that we might lose the fees.
    Does anyone know what steps can we take?

  • trang

    Dear sir,

    I am a greencard holder (permanent resident card) and I plan to go back my native country to finish the bachelor degree program for a period of 8 months(e.g. I will leave US for 8 months). Thus, Do I need to apply for a re-entry permit?

    I have searched that if I go outside US for less than 1 year, I don’t need re-entry permit. However, I must prove that I don’t have intention to abandon my residency status. So which document I need to present to show my intention to reside in the US and if I have to apply re-entry permit, where can I send my application form to? Nebraska service center of Seattle Field Office (at I live in Washington state).
    Thanks a lot and I really appreciate your help!

    • Allyson

      Actually, you can stay outside the country up to (1) calendar year. You could stay longer buy you would need to get and extension of your absence. They will give you a sticker at your biometrics appointment for your Greencard and that will be good enough until you get the new one through the mail, eventually.

      I was on the same boat as you but I called USCIS to get a correct response from a representative there. So, once again, you CAN leave the country as long as you get that sticker for your greencard.

      Take care!

  • http://www.collegetechcentral.com James Connors

    This isn’t really super new – any foreigners traveling to the states have had to register their finger prints for the last few years.

    Heck, in Heathrow Airport, EVERYONE has to do a photo and full palm print. I don’t really think this is a huge deal.

  • Paul

    Not sure if I understand, if the permanent resident is trying to get back in teh US after a long absence, then how are they going to be able to get the Biometrics before they leave or in the US at all?

    Does this mean that before they go on this long absence, it should be planned and get the Biometrics? What about situations with family that cause an unexpected long absence? Is this a way for the INS or whatever they call themselves now, of getting all PRs to get Biometrics regardless so they can prevent their re entry denials in case this happens?