This posting is in the form of an e-mail to Ann Lipson from a client after a biometrics appointment.
I though that you might be curious about what happened at my visit to get my biometrics — which went smoothly, by the way.
It took about one hour, though why so long, I’m not sure. I think most of that time was them verifying that I was who I claimed to be, i.e. that the information I provided matched the info of the person they were supposed to take the biometrics for.
The actual taking of the biometrics is a few minutes. They have electronic scanners and cameras, so there are no more dirty fingers from ink pads. The machines analyze the fingerprints as you are standing there, so if they don’t have a good print, they just repeat it.
I don’t think the technicians understand how fragile the technology that they are using is: though she asked me to verify the information of the screen that she typed in, she took as a given that anything she had scanned in (such as the bar code on the letter) — that it was correct. I didn’t trust that, and made sure that everything — such as my alien number — was entered correctly. I would suggest you recommend to your clients to do likewise. Have your reading glasses along, and check everything they enter or scan.
Anywise, despite what they said in the letter — about providing the disposition of arrests — no one asked me anything about that. Not a word. Either I looked honest, or the news hasn’t filtered down to the ranks.