U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced updates to its policy guidance concerning mobile biometrics services and fingerprint waivers:
- USCIS will not provide mobile biometrics services in prisons or jails for individuals who cannot attend their Applicant Support Center (ASC) appointments due to incarceration or detention. This policy applies only to individuals held in non-Department of Homeland Security (DHS) custody. For those in DHS custody, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will continue to collect biometrics.
- An approved fingerprint waiver is tied to the specific petition, request, or application listed on notice of the appointment for submission of biometrics at the ASC. In other words, someone cannot use an approved waiver for any other biometrics requirement for any future filings. Individuals may qualify for a waiver of the fingerprint requirement if they cannot provide fingerprints because of a medical condition.