Yes. Every individual who applies for asylum will be subject to a series of background/security checks. You will not have to complete any additional steps to complete your background/security check once you have submitted your Form I-589 and have had your fingerprints taken. Depending on the results of these mandatory checks, you may not be eligible for a final grant of asylum. Your application may be referred to Immigration Court for removal proceedings.
The background/security check consists of the following:
- USCIS may send a copy of your Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, to the U.S. Department of State.
- USCIS sends your biographical information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
- USCIS checks your biographical information against law enforcement databases.
- USCIS schedules you, if you are between 12 years and 9 months of age and 79 years of age, for fingerprinting at an Application Support Center or Designated Law Enforcement Agency. The fingerprints are sent to the FBI to conduct background/security checks and enrolled in US-VISIT. The Asylum Offices uses US-VISIT to verify the identity of the applicant at the time of the interview.