Adoption Update: USCIS Fingerprints Done, again!

Posted: April 2, 2009 in Adoption

We went to the USCIS office on Wednesday for our fingerprint renewal appointment.  You may recall the first time we went for fingerprints last year – we waited for two hours in a crowded room with about 50 other people.  We had taken our kids with us and it was all we could do to keep them happy and calm.  This time,  we arranged for our kids to stay home with their grandparents and took a couple of books to read while we waited.  When we arrived at the USCIS office, we walked into an empty room — no one waiting, no one being fingerprinted.  It was great. . .we were in and out in no time at all.  

I asked the technician about all those “Match Warning” alerts that pop up on the screen as I was being fingerprinted.  She explained that the “Match Warning” alert shows up when the individual fingerprints do not match exactly the fingerprint impression recorded when my fingers when grouped together.  She said the warning comes up with most everyone and it simply tells the technician to re-do that particular fingerprint.  This set of fingerprints will be valid for 15 months…and hopefully will be the last time we have to be fingerprinted for this adoption 🙂

  1. Tisra says:

    So many people kept saying it had to do with your prints matching someone else in “the system”. As the always re-rolled my finger when it showed up, I figured it wasn’t serious. You’ve now confirmed it. I think most adopting parents are just so on edge from all the hoops we jump through that *any* alert while doing the important act of fingerprinting is something that urges us to pay attention and be on guard. I’m so glad it was an easy appointment this time. We experienced the same thing, too: busy and long wait the first time, easy-breezy the second time.


  2. Terry says:

    Congrats on updating your fingerprints! My husband had a different warning, “unreadable”. Instant panic, asked what does that mean, mostly she told us it was because they didn’t apply enough pressure, holding it down. They didn’t see all the ridges. Still a hiccup no one wants to see and that momentary “oh no” brought you tot he edge, just like Tisra said.

    I hope this is the last of the ‘updates’ you have to complete, hoping for good news soon!!

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