USCIS Clarifies Mobile Biometrics Collection for Remote Areas

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an update to its policy on mobile biometrics collection for immigration benefit applicants residing in remote locations.

Previously, USCIS offered mobile biometrics collection on a case-by-case basis for those unable to visit an Application Support Center (ASC) in person. This could include individuals with disabilities or health conditions that prevent travel, or those living in very remote areas.

The new policy clarifies that USCIS retains sole discretion in determining when and how mobile biometrics collection will be offered in remote locations. This means USCIS will decide whether to send a mobile unit or use alternative methods like fingerprint cards collected by authorized personnel.

The update aims to streamline existing guidelines and does not represent a significant change in USCIS’s approach to mobile biometrics collection in remote areas.

Applicants with questions about their eligibility for mobile biometrics collection are advised to contact USCIS directly.