Last month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) announced that certain visits by immigrants to local USCIS field offices will result in photographing and fingerprinting under the agency’s new “Customer Identification Verification” program.
The biometric data is being collected for the purpose of building the “US Visit” database, which will be made available to government authorities for purposes of adjudicating applications for immigration benefits and verifying identities of legal or illegal travelers while patrolling the borders.
As of now, any person who visits USCIS to obtain proof of a benefit, such as an employment authorization or advance parole travel document, will be required to cooperate with a digital fingerprinting process and submit digital photos for use in the database used for legal administration and enforcement.
On the other hand, people who visit USCIS field offices for other purposes, such as informational appointments only, will not be required to supply any biometric data.
This development is just the latest move by the federal government in a trend toward collecting and sharing of greater amounts of biometric data for purposes of benefit processing and security tracking.
If you are applying for immigration benefits, or if you are traveling to or from the U.S and have questions about required authorizations or paperwork required by U.S. immigration laws, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (847) 564-0712 for an appointment to speak with an experienced and qualified immigration lawyer. You can also check out our immigration law Website for more information about how we might assist you