U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has revised its policy guidances around mobile biometrics collection for benefits applications.

In most cases, the guidelines stipulate that a person must attend a biometrics appointment at a local support services centre in-person to provide biographic and biometric information upon a request to submit a benefits application. The applicant providing their biometrics must also bring a valid physical photo ID with them such as a driving license or passport and the Form I-797C.

In line with the U.S. strict attitude on biometrics, any candidate that fails to comply with the requirements or turn up to an in-person meeting will have their application refused. According to the website, it says exemptions would be made if USCIS receives a change of address or rescheduling request.

If a medical reason or disability is disclosed, preventing the individual from attending a biometrics appointment or provide fingerprint biometrics, USCIS may offer to provide domestic mobile biometric services at their discretion or in other extenuating circumstances, such as living in a remote location.

Biometrics are not collecting from persons in incarceration.