There’s good and bad news for immigrants waiting for USCIS biometrics appointments
More than a million immigrants in the United States who have applied for U.S. citizenship through naturalization, adjustment of status, and other benefits have been waiting for their biometric services appointment at a local Application Support Center (ASC) to provide their fingerprints, photograph, and/or signature.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in-person services were canceled at Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices between March and June of last year, and there have been subsequent restrictions after opening to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Thousands of biometrics appointments were canceled and USCIS said it would reschedule them once it normalized operations. But many applicants have yet to receive their rescheduled or new appointment, and their immigration processes have thus been delayed.
This week, for the first time, U.S. immigration authorities provided an update about the situation at Application Support Centers.
USCIS acknowledged that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is experiencing delays in scheduling or rescheduling appointments at ASCs to collect biometric data from applicants.
Courtesy Miami Herald