FBI Identity History Summary Checks (aka FBI Fingerprint Check): How To Request It and Why It Is Important


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There are three ways to request an FBI Identity History Summary Checks (aka FBI Fingerprint Check):

  1. Electronically (Always Recommended and Preferred)
  2. By Mail
  3. By visiting an in-person location, called an FBI-Approved Channeler

This post will only focus on Electronic Filings since they are the most convenient and offer quick results. Our Office also recommends the Electronic Check for every Parent-based Immigration filing, where the parent is in the United States legally or illegally, and where an Immigrant applicant has been undocumented for more than 1 year or has had a run-in with the law in the US.

Performing an FBI Fingerprint Check is important since USCIS and other Immigration Agencies normally perform a fingerprint check, and if anything results from that check that were not disclosed to an Immigration Agency, a denial of an Immigration Filing leads to a referral to Deportation Court.

For starters, the FBI Check can be found here: https://www.edo.cjis.gov/#/

First, to start the application, you must put an Email where the above link asks for an email address. The below image can help you find the starting point.


The Online Application takes roughly 10 minutes to complete. The form will ask for a preference on providing you with the results, the Online Delivery of the Results are recommended.

At the end, the application will ask for an online payment of $18. Upon payment, a receipt is emailed to the email address provided, and it is this confirmation email / receipt email that would be a cover letter to the mailing of the FBI Fingerprint Card.

Second, the FBI fingerprint card must be completed. It can be done at home, usually at a UPS Fedex, or by yourself with an ink pad and the fingerprint card.

Third, the Confirmation Email from payment and the Fingerprint Card is mailed to the FBI.

The FBI generally complete the search within 3 to 5 business days. Taking into account the mailing of the Fingerprint Card to the FBI, the Search normally completes within 2 weeks.



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