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If I do need to be re-fingerprinted, will I need to pay the fee?

Yes, if you need to be re-fingerprinted you will need to pay the $50 fingerprinting fee for each adult member of your household being re-fingerprinted.


Where should I pay my fingerprinting fee?

The fingerprint fee must be paid at your local USCIS office. When you go to the USCIS office to be scheduled for fingerprints, bring Form I-171H, Notice of Favorable Determination Concerning Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition, with you. You will then be provided with a referral letter or appointment notice to appear at the ASC for fingerprinting.

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How will I know that my fingerprint files are about to expire?

Your fingerprint clearances files expire 15 months after that the date that the USCIS received a response from the FBI. This is approximately 15 months from the date that you were fingerprinted.


I am planning to travel overseas to file my I-600. Can I wait and be fingerprinted at the Embassy or Consulate?

Yes, you can. You should be aware that the fingerprint clearance process for persons fingerprinted overseas takes much more time than it does for those who are fingerprinted in the U.S. If your fingerprints have expired, or will expire before your date of travel, you should contact your local office to be fingerprinted again so that your fingerprints can be processed sooner.

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