Thursday, January 13, 2011

US Embassy Kathmandu Biometrics Fee Clarification

From DOS to adopting families, on behalf of the US Embassy in Kathmandu:

The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu has been receiving requests from prospective adoptive parents currently residing in Kathmandu to retake their fingerprints at the Embassy because their fingerprint clearances have expired. The Departments of State and Homeland Security strongly urge all prospective adoptive parents to ensure that their fingerprint clearances are valid and not soon to expire before traveling abroad. However, when necessary, U.S. Embassies abroad can provide this service. When the Embassy fingerprints prospective adoptive parents, they are doing so on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Effective November 23, 2010, individuals residing outside of the United States are no longer exempt from paying the DHS Biometrics Fee, where it applies. Prospective adoptive parents who have already paid a biometrics fee during the filing of their I-600A may request a one-time, no-fee re-fingerprinting. Effective immediately, the U.S. Embassy Kathmandu will charge the $85 DHS Biometrics Fee, where it applies, meaning after the prospective adoptive parents have already received their one-time, no-fee re-fingerprinting, whether in the US or abroad, each time fingerprints are collected from prospective adoptive parents on behalf of DHS.

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~ What All Adoptions Deserve.

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