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QUESTION: It's been 16 months since our AOS interview based on our marriage (same sex). We've been together for 20 years and married for 2. Our case was tranferred to Kansas City from Chicago. We were just sent a notice to complete a new I-693 and finger prints. If USCIS were going to deny on other grounds, would they require a new I-693 and finger prints? Or can I assume they are getting ready to approve AOS?
ANSWER: The issuance of a request for a new I-693 and new fingerprints should not necessarily indicate that the case is being approved. The reason I say this is because if an I-693 or biometrics are older than 1 year, they are no longer valid.
But if there is something in the I-693 or in the biometrics background that would be grounds for denial, it could still be denied.
I can say that they probably would not request the I-693 or fingerprints if they already had a basis for denial right now.
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