Once an application for the immigration benefit is filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the receipt notice(s) are mailed out, the next step is biometrics. A biometrics services appointment will be scheduled at a local Application Support Center (ASC) as USCIS conducts checks on every applicant to make sure he or she is eligible and truthful on his or her application.
USCIS will use the biometrics to confirm the identity of the applicant and to conduct the necessary background check.
The Notice of Action will list a date, time and location for the appointment. Applicants need to make sure they do not miss their biometrics appointment. But, if you cannot make your biometrics appointment, there is no need to despair, as USCIS allows applicants to reschedule their appointments to a later date, if they are unable to appear for the scheduled appointment. Applicants can find information on rescheduling on their appointment notice.
To request a later date, you need to fill in information in the space provided below “Request for Rescheduling” and send it to the USCIS. remember to retain a copy of the notice for your records. Rescheduling request needs to be mailed out before your scheduled appointment.
Alternatively, you might be able to just go to the ASC before your scheduled appointment, but then you may have to wait as the ASC will process walk-ins only after the scheduled applicants have been serviced. You will still need a government-issued identification document and your biometrics appointment notice. Without the biometrics appointment notice, ASC will not capture your biometrics.
If you fail to appear for your scheduled appointment and also fail to reschedule your appointment, USCIS may deny your application or at the very least the processing of your application will be delayed.