Customer Identity Verification (CIV), a new verification tool to biometrically verify a customer’s identity when appearing at USCIS offices, will be employed in USCIS field offices beginning September 9, 2013. Customers will now submit biometric data, specifically fingerprints and photographs, when appearing at USCIS offices for interviews or to receive evidence of an immigration benefit.
CIV will be essentially helpful to combat identity fraud and enhancing the integrity of the entire immigration system. The tool will now be phased in between September 9 and October 21, 2013 to customers attending an interview or being issued evidence of an immigration benefit.
How It Works:
After a customer arrives at a field office, clears security, and is called to the counter, the tool will electronically scan two fingerprints and take a picture to verify their identity. The process applies only to customers who have an interview or receive evidence of an immigration benefit. People going to USCIS offices for InfoPass appointments or accompanying a customer will not undergo this process. After verifying the customer’s identity, they can proceed to their interview or receive their document.
Currently, USCIS requires applicants and petitioners requesting immigration or naturalization benefits to visit one of Application Support Centers (ASCs) to provide biometric data.
USCIS uses this data to help determine eligibility for requested benefits. This requirement, along with providing a government-issued document for examination, will not change.
How It Helps:
CIV connects instantly to the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology’s (US-VISIT’s) Secondary Inspections Tool (SIT). SIT is a Web-based application that processes, displays and retrieves biometric and biographic data. US-VISIT also links databases associated with border inspections and security.
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