USCIS has announced that beginning September 9, 2013, it will employ a new verification tool called Customer Identity Verification (CIV) in its field offices. CIV will allow USCIS to biometrically verify a customer’s identity.
The tool will be phased in between September 9 and October 21, 2013 to customers attending an interview or being issued evidence of an immigration benefit. The process applies only to those who have an interview or receive evidence of an immigration benefit. People who come for InfoPass appointments or accompanying a customer will not undergo this process.
Under the process, customers will submit fingerprints and photographs when appearing at USCIS offices for interviews or to receive evidence of an immigration benefit. USCIS will electronically scan two fingerprints and take a picture of the applicants to verify their identity.
Applicants and petitioners requesting immigration or naturalization benefits may also note that currently they are required to visit an Application Support Center to provide biometric data. This requirement, along with providing a government-issued document for examination, will not change.