Are you in the process of immigrating to the United States? In the final stages of obtaining a US immigrant visa, applicants are usually required to submit their biometric information. Many foreign nationals are still in the dark about what takes place when biometric information is collected.
What Is the Process to Collect Biometrics Information?
Biometric information includes a person’s fingerprints and photographs for facial recognition. For immigration purposes, you must personally go to the Application Support Center (ASC) to submit your biometric information along with supporting documents such as your Employment Authorization Document (EAD), Advance Parole (AP), any application to adjust your status, naturalization form and Form I-539, Application to Change or Extend Nonimmigrant Status.
Due to the global pandemic, last year, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was forced to shut down ASC and its other field offices. In June 2020, ASC was functioning partially keeping in line with the social distancing requirements. This led to many biometric information appointments being postponed last year that are yet to be rescheduled.
The USCIS has indicated that they will automatically reschedule such appointments and send notifications for biometric reuse to eligible applicants. Currently, there is a backlog of approximately 1.3 million applicants to submit biometric information while over 10,000 appointments are being scheduled every day.
What Is Biometrics Reuse?
Under certain circumstances, USCIS can reuse biometrics information submitted previously by the applicants to verify their identity and perform security checks. In such cases, USCIS issued a notification of reuse informing the applicant that they need not appear at the ASC to submit their biometrics information as the previous information is being reused.