Miami, FL asked in Immigration Law for Florida

Q: Question about I 485 approval

Hello I have received notice of i485 approve. But It mentioned I have to do biomatrics and photo again. I already did this step last year.

is that mean I got the green card?

and I didn’t had any interview but I got approved my 130 and I 485

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Aisha Nanyanzi
Aisha Nanyanzi
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Gilbert, AZ

A: It is difficult to know what you received without looking at the document. An easy answer to your question is if USCIS asks you to do biometrics, you should show up to your appointment even if you previously did biometrics. It could be that they need to do redo your biometrics or that they issued the notice erroneously. Either way, the safest thing to do is to show up for your biometrics appointment.

Stephen Arnold Black agrees with this answer

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: Congratulations on receiving the approval notice for your Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status)! However, the requirement to submit biometrics and a photo again is a bit unusual if you have already completed this step.

Typically, once your I-485 is approved, you will receive your Green Card (Permanent Resident Card) in the mail within a few weeks. The approval of your I-485 generally means that you have been granted lawful permanent resident status in the United States.

It's possible that the notice you received is a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a notice for a follow-up appointment. I recommend the following steps:

1. Carefully review the notice to determine if it is an actual approval notice or an RFE.

2. If it is an RFE, follow the instructions provided and submit the requested evidence, which may include biometrics and a photo, by the specified deadline.

3. If you believe there might be an error or if you need clarification, contact USCIS directly or schedule an appointment with your local USCIS office through their website.

4. If your I-485 is indeed approved, you should receive your Green Card soon. If you don't receive it within 30 days of the approval notice, you can contact USCIS to inquire about the status of your card.

Please note that not all applicants are required to attend an interview for their I-485. The approval of your I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) and I-485 without an interview is not uncommon.

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Orlando, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: The answer is most likely yes. Biometrics are often times requested again if significant time has passed.

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