We have recently noticed that USCIS has begun using old fingerprints that were previously captured for a number of applications, particularly I-90s. This is welcome news given the interminable delays permanent residents are already experiencing waiting for their renewals to be processed. Interestingly, we have seen this practice carry over into I-765 employment authorization renewal applications. Traditionally, USCIS takes fingerprints before a work permit can be issued. Biometrics are usually scheduled within six to eight weeks after receipt of the application. However, in light of many Application Support Centers ("ASC") being closed due to COVID, the agency has begun using previously taken fingerprints to process the renewals. As far as initial applications, we have also seen some clients receive relatively fast approvals of their applications without having any biometrics taken yet. The fingerprint appointments appear to be coming later, post approval of the I-765.