10 Common Questions About USCIS Biometrics

Published date27 August 2021
Subject MatterEmployment and HR, Discrimination, Disability & Sexual Harassment
Law FirmEnvoy Global, Inc.
AuthorEnvoy Global, Inc.

Learn more about USCIS biometrics collection and what to expect during an appointment

With several key updates in previous months, employers and employees are eager to know what changes they should be aware of for biometrics collections. Notably, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now allowing individuals to reschedule their biometrics appointments by calling the USCIS Contact Center (800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833)) rather than requesting a rescheduled appointment time in writing. Additionally, the agency introduced a new policy in May 2021 that suspends biometrics requirements for certain applicants.

Although USCIS has made changes to its policies, the general process for biometrics collection remains the same. After filing an application, request, or petition, certain individuals are required to submit biometrics to USCIS. This government agency is legally permitted to require and collect biometrics data from a sponsor, beneficiary, petitioner, applicant or other individual residing in the U.S. for any naturalization and immigration benefit through 8 CFR 103.2 (b) (9).

Frequently asked questions about the USCIS biometrics process

What is a biometrics appointment?

Biometrics data collection is required from certain individuals. USCIS will send applicants a Form I-797C, Notice of Action, if they need to provide biometrics as part of the application process. The appointment notice will include the location, time and date for biometrics collection at the local Application Support Center (ASC).

What information is included in biometrics collection?

Biometrics data includes a photograph, fingerprints and the applicant's digital signature.

What is a digital signature?

A digital signature is required for certain forms, and it is an attestation, under penalty of perjury, that the information provided by the individual in his or her application, request, or petition, along with the information in all supporting documents, is true, complete and accurate at the time of filing. The digital signature reaffirms the contents of your application, request, or petition, even if the paper or electronic forms were already signed.

Where are biometrics appointments held?

USCIS will schedule a biometrics appointment for qualifying individuals at an Application Support Center, also known as an ASC.

Why does USCIS collect biometrics?

USCIS collects biometrics data to verify an individual's identity. The agency also uses biometrics information to complete...

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