Customer Identity Verification to be Implemented at USCIS Field Offices


Beginning May 6, 2013, USCIS will implement Customer Identity Verification (“CIV”) in its field offices.  This will require individuals to submit biometric data (fingerprints and photographs) when appearing for interviews or to receive evidence of an immigration benefit.  Until now, USCIS has required applicants and petitioners requesting immigration or naturalization benefits to visit an Application Support Centers to provide biometric data.  USCIS uses this data to help determine eligibility for requested benefits.  This requirement, along with providing a government-issued document for examination, will not change.  For CIV, individuals appearing at a USCIS field office for an interview or to be issued evidence of an immigration benefit will have their identity biometrically re-verified.

Under CIV, USCIS 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”).  SIT is a Web-based application that processes, displays and retrieves biometric and biographic data.  US-VISIT links databases associated with border inspections and security.  Once identity verification is satisfactorily completed, individuals will proceed to their interviews or be issued their immigration documents.

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