COVID-19 has majorly impacted people all over the world. The pandemic has been especially hard on those who are attempting to obtain American citizenship. For example, we have seen tax-paying immigrants denied stimulus checks because they do not have social security numbers. Now, the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced continued delays when it comes to biometrics appointments.
The Miami Herald explains, “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.” Because of the pandemic, in-person services were canceled, meaning thousands of appointments were canceled with the promise of rescheduling. When USCIS re-opened, restrictions were put in place in an attempt to mitigate the spread of the virus and keep both workers and applicants safe. But, as of now, many applicants have not yet received their rescheduled dates, which has brought their immigration process to a halt.
While this is bad news for many people, there is a potential bright side. The Miami Herald explains that as a result of the delays, “USCIS will be reusing previously collected biometric data to conduct background and security checks — therefore some immigrants will be able to skip the biometrics appointment.”
How do I Know if my Information will be Reused?
The Miami Herald explains, “Should USCIS reuse biometrics for a pending application, the agency ‘will mail a Form I-797 notice to the applicant stating that we will be reusing the applicant’s biometrics and that the applicant is not required to appear at an ASC,’ USCIS explained, noting that not all applications meet the requirements for biometrics reuse.”
Are Walk-In Appointments available?
No. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, walk-in visits for biometrics collection will not be allowed, with the exception of military applicants and their family members.
How Can I Prepare for my Appointment?
If you have any questions or concerns about a canceled or rescheduled appointment, reach out to our firm today to discuss your options. Additionally, if you are unsure whether or not you will be eligible for biometrics reuse, contact us for more information regarding the requirements.
The immigration process can be difficult, and even more so under these current circumstances. We are here to advocate for you through every step of the process. Contact our firm to speak with a passionate and dedicated New York City immigration attorney.
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