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We missed our USCIS I-751 biometrics appointment, and it is

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We missed our USCIS I-751 biometrics appointment, and it is now 3 months later. We thought we had completed it and were waiting on response until we saw this letter. What can we do now?
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What does the letter say, exactly?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

To process your application, the US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) must capture your biometrics. PLEASE APPEAR AT THE BELOW APPLICATION SUPPORT CENTER AT THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR AS SCHEDULED, YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED ABANDONED.

That is the content of the letter you received? You didn't get anything that told you that you missed the appointment and what to do now?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

No, there was no other letter or email that said what to do since we missed it.

OK, thanks for the information and clarification.

What you should do now is go to the local USCIS office and take a walk-in appointment for biometrics. Generally, it is a very easy process. Take the original notice, and explain to them what happened. S/he likely will just do the appointment right then and there.

Alternatively, you can make an InfoPass appointment to speak with an officer and set up the biometrics appointment. You can make an appointment by going here: infopass.uscis.gov.

Long story short, this should not be an issue.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Do you have any idea if we are better off saying that we did not get the appointment notice letter in the mail and asking them to reschedule? Has anyone had any luck with that before since it then wouldn't be our fault.

If a person does not receive a notice, it is a basis for the USCIS to overlook a failure to act as initially required. However I cannot instruct or advise or recommend doing so, as I could lose my license to practice law by making such a suggestion.

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