USCIS has announced that on May 6, 2013, it will implement Customer Identity Verification (CIV) in its field offices.
Individuals will now be required to submit biometric data like fingerprints and photographs, when appearing at USCIS offices for interviews or to receive evidence of an immigration benefit. However, individuals coming to USCIS field offices for other purposes, such as an Info pass appointment or as the guest of an applicant or petitioner, will not submit biometric data.
Currently, USCIS requires applicants and petitioners requesting immigration or naturalization benefits to visit an Application Support Center (ASC) to provide biometric data. This requirement, along with providing a government-issued document for examination, will not change.
For CIV, an individual appearing at a USCIS field office for an interview or to be issued evidence of an immigration benefit, will have his or her identity biometrically re-verified. Examples of evidence include temporary travel documents, parole authorizations, temporary extensions of Form I-90, and temporary I-551 stamps on passports or on Forms I-94 to evidence lawful permanent resident status.
Under this new process, staff will take two fingerprints and a photograph of the individual and input this information into the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology’s (US-VISIT’s) Secondary Inspections Tool (SIT). After identity verification is satisfactorily completed, individuals will proceed to their interviews or be issued their immigration documents.