USCIS Adopts Domestic Mobile Biometrics Collection and Remote Domestic Applicant Biometrics Collection

March 7, 2023

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issuing policy guidance governing its mobile biometrics collection and the biometrics collection of benefit requestors in remote locations to s to make it more accessible for certain benefit requestors.

USCIS generally requires applicants for visas or other benefits to schedule and keep a biometrics appointment at a local Application Support Center (ASC) after the applicant files an application, petition, or other benefit request. The person submitting biometrics must bring the Form I-797C and valid, unexpired photo identification (for example, Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551), passport, or driver’s license) to the appointment, if required. USCIS considers a person to have abandoned his or her application, petition, or request if he or she fails to appear for the biometrics appointment unless, by the appointment time, USCIS receives a change of address or rescheduling request that it concludes warrants excusing the failure to appear.

Since some applicants face health, logistical or other legitimate challenges to appearing in person, USCIS intends to make biometric collection more accessible for benefit requestors unable to attend appointments at USCIS Application Support Centers (ASC) due to health or other issues, or because their physical location requires multiple modes of transportation or substantial travel times to reach an ASC, where USCIS generally collects biometrics.

To this end, USCIS is amending the USCIS Policy Manual to:

  • Provide circumstances under which USCIS may conduct mobile biometrics collection for benefit requestors who reside in remote locations in relation to ASCs; and
  • Provide an alternative method to fingerprint collection, to include fingerprint cards and coordination with other agencies, for certain benefit requestors who live in locations so remote that USCIS mobile biometric services would not be practical.

The availability of remote collection may help employers and their workers seeking visas with restrictions on the workers ability to travel to an on-site collection location. Employers with workers with these challenges should coordinate with the worker and their immigration counsel to ensure they pursue these new opportunities where appropriate.

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Recognized by her peers as a Martindale-Hubble “AV-Preeminent” (Top 1%) and “Top Rated Lawyer” with special recognition LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® as “LEGAL LEADER™ Texas Top Rated Lawyer” in Health Care Law and Labor and Employment Law; as among the “Best Lawyers In Dallas” for her work in the fields of “Labor & Employment,” “Tax: ERISA & Employee Benefits,” “Health Care” and “Business and Commercial Law” by D Magazine, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer is a practicing attorney board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and management consultant, author, public policy advocate and lecturer widely known for 35+ years of workforce and other management work, public policy leadership and advocacy, coaching, teachings, scholarship and thought leadership.

A Fellow in the American College of Employee Benefit Counsel, Vice Chair of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) International Section Life Sciences and Health Committee, Past Chair of the ABA Managed Care & Insurance Interest Group, Scribe for the ABA JCEB Annual Agency Meeting with HHS-OCR, past chair of the ABA RPTE Employee Benefits & Other Compensation Group and current co-Chair of its Welfare Benefit Committee, Ms. Stamer’s work throughout her 35 year career has focused heavily on working with employer and other staffing and workforce organizations, health care and managed care, health and other employee benefit plan, insurance and financial services and other public and private organizations and their technology, data, and other service providers and advisors domestically and internationally with legal and operational compliance and risk management, performance and workforce management, regulatory and public policy and other legal and operational concerns. As an ongoing component of this work, she regularly advises, represents and defends health care, education, DOT, government contractors and a wide range of other employers about drug testing and drug free workplace, discrimination, safety and other employment, benefit and other Human Resources, Guideline Program and other compliance, risk management and other internal and external controls in a wide range of areas and has published and spoken extensively on these concerns.

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