Fingerprinting (biometrics) Rules Eased

Fingerprinting Rules Eased Most immigration applications require biometrics (fingerprinting) be taken at a time and location set by the government. This is not a problem for people residing in the U.S. But often, for various reasons, applicants (especially for re-entry permits and green card renewals) reside outside the U.S., and would have difficulty returning to the U.S. on a specific date or location set by the government. Some helpful accommodations were made by the government at a recent meeting between the International Operations Directorate of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the International Liaison Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA):

  • For certain individuals who would prefer not to travel back to the continental U.S., (particularly those residing in Asia), it may be possible to have biometrics captured at the Application Support Centers (ASCs) in Guam or Hawaii. AILA was informed that this is possible, as long as the applicant has already received a barcoded biometric appointment notice with a future appointment date and time.
  • Biometrics may be taken on a different date, or at a different domestic ASC location but the applicant must be in possession of a valid barcoded biometrics notice with a future appointment date.
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