Preparing for Your Biometric Services Appointment

After you file your application, petition or request, we will schedule your biometric services appointment at a local Application Support Center (ASC) if you need to provide your fingerprints, photograph, and/or signature. Your appointment notice (Form I-797C, Notice of Action) will include the date, time and location for your ASC appointment.

The biometrics you provide during your ASC appointment allow USCIS to confirm your identity and run required background and security checks.

Note: USCIS has the general authority to require and collect biometrics (fingerprints, photograph, and/or digital signature) from any applicant, petitioner, sponsor, beneficiary, or other individual residing in the United States for any immigration and naturalization benefit. See 8 CFR 103.2 (b)(9). 

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Applicants for Naturalization Residing Outside of the United States

If you are applying for naturalization from outside of the United States, the process for providing biometrics is different. At the time of filing your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, you must include:

If you live outside of the United States and you are an active-duty military applicant or you are applying under sections 328 or 329 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), see USCIS Citizenship for Military Members page for more information on the application fee and process.

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Digital Signatures

For certain forms, your digital signature is required to reaffirm the contents of your application, petition, or request, even if you already signed the certification on the paper or electronic form. By signing, you reaffirm that:

  • You reviewed your application, petition, or request,
  • You provided the information contained in the application, petition, or request, and
  • The content of your application, petition, or request, and supporting documents that you filed (or your legal representative filed on your behalf) with USCIS were complete, true and correct at the time of filing.

If you have submitted a Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”), we also use your digital signature, photo and fingerprint to produce your replacement Green Card. If you have submitted a Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, we also use your digital signature, photo and fingerprint to produce your Employment Authorization Document.

If You Do Not Provide a Signature at Your ASC Appointment

We will not waive the signature requirement unless you have a physical disability or mental impairment that prevents you from providing a digital signature or making a physical mark. We also will not waive the signature requirement simply because you cannot write in English or your native language.

If an attorney, accredited representative, preparer or interpreter helped you complete or prepare an application, petition, or request that requires you to provide biometrics, he or she should have already reviewed the “Acknowledgment of Appointment at USCIS Application Support Center” paragraph with you and made sure that you understood what would be required when you appeared for your ASC appointment.

If you choose not to sign the attestation during your ASC appointment, we will deny your application, petition, or request. A signature is a part of the biometrics collection for certain applications, petitions, or requests. If you choose not to provide a signature, we cannot collect your biometrics and, as a result, cannot complete the required background and security checks.

If you do not understand the attestation that appears on the screen at your appointment, you may ask us to reschedule your biometrics appointment. Please note, however, that rescheduling your biometrics appointment may result in delays in processing your application, petition, or request.

We will not refund the biometric services fee if you do not provide the required biometrics. You may make an InfoPass appointment if you need additional information about the ASC process.

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Assistance During Your ASC Appointment

If you need help during your ASC appointment, you may bring someone with you, such as a family member, attorney, or accredited representative. If you do not understand spoken English, you should bring someone with you who can translate for you.

There is no requirement for your attorney or accredited representative to go with you to the ASC, even if he or she submitted your application, petition, or request to USCIS.

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What to Bring to Your ASC Appointment

Your notice will provide specific instructions on what you should bring with you to your ASC appointment. You must also bring:

  • Your ASC appointment notice (Form I-797C), and
  • Valid photo identification (such as your Green Card, passport, or driver’s license)

We recommend that you print or save a photocopy of your completed application, petition, or request to review in the future and for your records. We also recommend that you review your copy of your completed application, petition or request before you come to your ASC appointment. We cannot provide you with a copy at your appointment.

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What to Expect During Your ASC Appointment

When you appear for your appointment, we will capture your fingerprints, photograph and/or signature with machines designed to collect these biometrics. When you provide your digital signature, you will also be attesting that the information in your application, petition, or request was complete, true, and correct at the time of filing.

NOTE: We will only allow you to complete your biometric services appointment if you can reaffirm, under penalty of perjury, that all of the information in your application, petition, or request was complete, true and correct at the time of filing.

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Age Requirements

If you are 14 years of age or older, you must provide a signature on an application, petition, or request filed with USCIS.

Children under the age of 14 are not required to provide a signature on an application, petition, or request filed with USCIS, but they may choose to sign their name during their ASC appointment if they are capable of signing. A parent or legal guardian may also sign the application, petition, or request on the child’s behalf.

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If You Cannot Read English

When it is time to sign your name during your ASC appointment, we will show you the attestation paragraph on the machine where you must sign your name. This paragraph appeared on your application, petition or request in the section titled “Acknowledgement of Appointment at USCIS Application Support Center”:

I declare under penalty of perjury that I have reviewed and understand my application, petition, or request as identified by the receipt number displayed on the screen above, and all supporting documents, applications, petitions, or requests filed with my application, petition, or request that I (or my attorney or accredited representative) filed with USCIS, and that all of the information in these materials is complete, true, and correct.

The paragraph will be available during your biometrics appointment in both English and Spanish on the screen where you sign your name. If you require a language other than English or Spanish, we have translated ASC information and the attestation paragraph into several languages that are available when you file certain applications, petitions, or requests. We recommend that you select the appropriate language translation below and review it before you appear for your ASC appointment:

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If You Have a Disability

When providing your signature, you may sign with whichever hand you currently use to sign documents. We will accept a mark (like an “X”) to show that you have provided the required signature if you are unable to write in English or your native language.

We have procedures to capture biometrics for applicants who cannot provide a signature or make a mark due to a physical disability or mental impairment. If you feel that you need an accommodation based on your disability, please speak with the ASC immigration services officer to ask for assistance.

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Requests to Change Your Name or Other Personal Information

We cannot change your name or other personal information in any online record during your ASC appointment. Your ASC appointment notice was generated based on the information you provided on your application, petition, or request.

Legal Name Changes

If you had your name changed legally through marriage or a court proceeding (for example, divorce, adoption, or name change petition), you should have submitted documentation with your application, petition, or request to reflect the name change. If the legal name change occurred after you filed your application, petition, or request with USCIS, you can make an InfoPass appointment to provide that information to USCIS. If you have an online account with USCIS, you may submit it as “Other Evidence” in your online account for USCIS to consider. We will confirm that the legal name change occurred and update your online record accordingly.

Changes to Biographic Information

For biographic information related to your race and ethnicity, the ASC staff may need to limit the information to a single race or ethnic category due to system limitations. However, the race and ethnicity you selected on your application, petition, or request will remain a part of your permanent online record.

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Additional Resources

  • Always read the instructions of your form carefully as certain forms have specific instructions. You can download our forms for free online. Read about form filing tips.
  • To find the Application Support Centers closest to you, see the USCIS Service and Office Locator page. You can also call our toll free number at 1-800-375-5283.
  • Visit the Department of State’s website for info on visas and any DS Forms.
  • Learn about our Fingerprint Check Update Request agreement with ICE.

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