USCIS will now take photos and fingerprints to verify identity at natz interviews

Beginning September 9, 2013, USCIS will employ a new verification tool called Customer Identity Verification (CIV) in its field offices. Customers will now submit fingerprints and photographs when appearing at USCIS offices for interviews or to receive evidence of an immigration benefit.

CIV will enhance the integrity of the immigration system and combat identity fraud by allowing 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.

How It Works:

After a customer arrives at a field office, clears security, and is called to the counter, USCIS will electronically scan two fingerprints and take a picture to verify their identity. The process takes just a few minutes and applies only to customers who have an interview or receive evidence of an immigration benefit. People who come to accompany a customer will not undergo this process. After  the customer’s identity is verified, they can proceed to their interview.

Currently, USCIS requires applicants  to visit be fingerprinted at an Application Support Centers (ASCs) to help determine eligibility for requested benefits. This requirement, along with providing a government-issued document for examination, will not change.