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Fingerprint results in record time

Old Aug 13th 2001, 4:54 pm
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1-day processing of fingerprints, that's right, only 1 day!
I went to the office to drop off my 1999 tax forms as we did not have that for the interview last week. I was hoping to catch Officer Williams (the nicest INS employee ever) at Arlington INS since she did our greencard interview. I waited around in the room for one of the officers to stick their head out. Since I was not sure if the fingerprint results were back, I asked for the I-94 we gave to the officer so that we could use AP at the Canadian border for our trip next week. This officer stated that we did not need the I-94, just the AP. I don't know if that's true or not but it didn't sit right with me. Not knowing what else to do I started to head out the door when Officer Williams said hello to me! I explained the situation and she took me back to her office. She seemed to agree with me that the I-94 is necessary when showing the AP, but she said to wait and proceeded to look in her computer.
We had gone to the fingerprinting appointment in Alexandria the Tuesday morning of the greencard interview. I thought there was little to no chance that these results would be back even though the fingerprints were done directly onto a computer.
She tells me that fingerprinting used to take up to 120 days when they did them on paper, because they'd have to send them to a service center and then forward them to the FBI and receive those results from the FBI. Nowadays, everything is done electronically. The Wednesday evening the results came back! Luckily, I brought Nicola's passport with me and she stamped it with the temporary I-551 stamp!! She also gave us a form telling us to file to remove conditions in 1 year 9 months.
I couldn't believe how fast that was. If anyone has electronic fingerprinting done, expect to have the results in only a couple of days!
Glad to be done with the process for a couple of years,
Matt
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