The Biometrics Appointment

It’s called ‘biometrics’ because they take both your finger- and hand-prints as well as a photograph.

Plus it sounds super futuristic and kind of scary, so they probably like that.

Because it’s a necessary part of the visa process, I want you to know what to expect.

  1. Bring whatever the immigration attorney / website says to bring, including a letter with your appointment details. You’ll also need your passport.
  2. When you arrive you’ll check in, they’ll look at your appointment sheet and stamp it, and then direct you to sit in a certain place and give you a number. When your number is called, they’ll take your appointment sheet and enter some information into their system.
  3. They’ll take a picture of you, and then print you. They don’t ink up your hand anymore – they just put your hand on this glass thing that takes it all digitally

That’s it! I think we were done in maybe 30 minutes?

Also, random: be prepared to need to pay cash for parking at the location. We had no cash on us and almost missed our appointment. I don’t know how they get away with charging people to park at a government facility that they need to go to, but they do.

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