Starting September 9, 2013, USCIS is implementing Customer Identity Verification (CIV), a verification tool, at its field offices nationwide. When appearing at local offices for interviews or to receive an immigration benefit, applicants will now submit biometric data at the counter (a scan of two fingerprints and a digital photo). Once an applicant’s identity has been verified, he or she can proceed to complete the interview or to receive the requested immigration document. Those who are accompanying applicants or simply requesting an INFOPASS appointment will not be asked to provide biometric data. USCIS anticipates a reduction in identity fraud and increased defense against threats to national security through CIV’s instant connection to the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology’s (US-VISIT) Secondary Inspections Tool (SIT). SIT processes and displays biometric data, and US-VISIT links databases associated with border inspections and security.

Full announcement at: http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDHSCIS-8a017c