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I filed an I-600A and an I-600 application in the USCIS office. The
I-600A was approved in December of 2003, and the I-600 was approved in February of 2004. My child will be brought into the U.S. in April of 2004. My fingerprints, taken when I filed my I-600A, expire in March of 2004. Should I be re-fingerprinted?

No, you do not need to be fingerprinted again, if you were able to file Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition and Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, and get approvals on both within the 15 months that your prints were valid.


My I-600A was approved in December of 2003, but I had my fingerprints taken in January of 2003 when I filed my application. That would mean that my prints will expire in April of 2004. I plan to bring my child home in late March of 2004. Should I be fingerprinted again, just in case?

Yes, if you will be filing Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, within 30 days of your fingerprint expiration, it is recommended that you be fingerprinted again.

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I brought in my I-600A application in October of 2003, and it was approved in March of 2004. If I don’t know when I will be filing my
I-600, should I be re-fingerprinted this summer so that I can be assured that my prints will remain valid for the duration of my approval?

No, it is best if you wait until you are certain that your prints will expire before having them taken again. Thirty days before expiration is plenty of time to have prints taken again.

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