Bring Your Face and Fingers to USCIS Appointments for Immigration or Naturalization Benefits!
A driver’s license or other government-issued document will no longer be enough when proving your identity in order to enter one of the field offices of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in order to attend an interview or receive evidence of an immigration benefit (such as a temporary travel document, parole authorization, temporary extension of Form I-90, or temporary I-551/green card stamp on your passport or Form I-94). Under a program USCIS refers to as “Customer Identity Verification,” you will also need to have your identity biometrically reverified.
In literal terms, that means you will have to submit to having two fingerprints and a photograph taken – in addition to showing your driver’s license or other document. USCIS staff will input this information into the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology’s (US-VISIT’s) Secondary Inspections Tool (SIT), which is linked to databases associated with border inspections and security. Only after you’ve cleared the identity verification will you be allowed to proceed to your interview or be issued your immigration document.
This new requirement will not replace the old one, under which you will, at some point in your application process, likely have to visit an Application Support Center (ASC) to provide your biometric data.
The new requirement does not apply to people whose sole reason for appearing at a USCIS field office does not involve receiving an immigration benefit during that visit – who, for example, will be attending an Infopass appointment or accompanying an applicant or petitioner.
For more information on the uses of biometrics, see "What to Expect at a USCIS Biometrics Appointment."