The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have started allowing immigration applicants to reschedule their biometric collections appointment by calling the USCIS Contact Center instead of submitting a request in writing. They have also suspended the biometric requirements for certain nonimmigrant visa applicants in May 2021.
Certain visa applicants are required to submit their biometric information after applying for a US Visa. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the USCIS is continuously updating its policies. However, the general process of biometric collection remains the same. The USCIS is legally allowed to collect biometric information from a sponsor, beneficiary, petitioner, applicant, or any other individual residing in the US for immigration purposes.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the USCIS Biometric Collection Process
What is a biometric collections appointment?
Generally, the visa applicants required to submit biometric information receive a Form I-797C, Notice of Action from the USCIS. This notice will include the time, date, and location of your biometric collections appointment.
What is biometric information?
Biometric information includes your photographs, fingerprints, and digital signature.
What is a digital signature?
A digital signature is required to reaffirm the fact that all the information provided by the applicant on their application, petition, or request, along with the documentation is complete and accurate at the time of filing. It is required for certain forms and applications.
Where is a biometric collections appointment usually held?
Your biometric collections appointment will generally be held at your nearest Application Support Center (ASC).
Why is biometric information required by the USCIS?
The biometric information is collected to allow USCIS to confirm the applicant’s identity and conduct a thorough background and security check.