Published:  May 1, 2013

In the coming week, U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Citizenship and Immigration Services offices across the U.S. will begin implementation of a new “Customer Identity Verification” process.  In the interest of national security and identity fraud prevention, applicants for U.S. citizenship, permanent residence, and other benefits, will now be required to submit to an additional biometric fingerprinting procedure to confirm their identity when appearing for their interview at a local CIS office.  This procedure, which will be in addition to a biometric fingerprint appointment scheduled just after application filing, is designed to provide an additional layer of security and identity verification for individuals seeking green cards or U.S. citizenship.

As stated, the procedure will be carried out on the day of the scheduled interview, and just prior to the actual interview, with 2 electronic fingerprints and photographs being taken of the applicant.  It is advisable that individuals appear at their local CIS office at least 15 minutes before their scheduled interview time to accommodate this new procedure.

PUBLISHED May 1, 2013 – “IMMIGRATION LAW FORUM” Copyright © 2013, By Law Offices of Richard Hanus, Chicago, Illinois