What does uscis do with biometrics?

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In simple terms, USCIS will obtain your photograph, fingerprints and have you sign your name. This process confirms your identity so that USCIS provides benefits to the correct person and facilitates the necessary criminal background check. A biometrics screening is not an interview.

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B. Mobile Biometrics Collection. USCIS provides mobile biometrics services for those with a disability or health reason that renders them unable to appear in person. [4] In other very limited circumstances, USCIS may in its sole discretion provide mobile biometrics services for those who are unable to attend scheduled ASC appointments in person. [5]

The USCIS biometrics appointment is the U.S. government's way of checking an immigration applicant’s background with the FBI for any past criminal or immigration violations. The biometric appointment is not the same thing as a visa or Green Card interview.

The technical definition of “biometrics” means that a person’s unique physical and other traits are detected and recorded as a means of confirming identity. In simple terms, USCIS will obtain your photograph, fingerprints and have you sign your name.

Aside from helping USCIS make sure that you are really you, the biometrics photo is often used to create an identity card or document (such as your green card or work permit), and the fingerprints are used for an FBI and other security services check of your criminal and immigration record.

Your appointment notice (Form I-797C, Notice of Action) will include the date, time, and location for your ASC appointment. The biometrics you provide during your ASC appointment allow us to confirm your identity and run required background and security checks.

At your biometrics appointment, USCIS will most likely collect your fingerprints, take your photo, and have you sign your name for electronic capture. The actual process takes about 20 minutes, though you might have to wait a while after you arrive.

USCIS uses your biometrics information to verify your identity and search the FBI database in order to check for criminal records or other violations. USCIS will not collect blood samples, DNA information, or subject you to any medical tests at a biometrics appointment. Why does USCIS require a signature again?

The biometrics appointment is all about ensuring that the person applying for a green card does not have a serious criminal record or any relevant prior immigration violations. Applicants who are in the United States will attend their biometrics appointment at a local USCIS office, relatively early in the green card application process.

The FBI fingerprint checks typically take between 24 and 48 hours. If your fingerprints show you have a criminal record, a full report which contains your full criminal history (known as the RAP sheet) will be sent to the USCIS. Your fingerprints will be valid for 15 months from the date of processing by the FBI.

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