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 🙂