USCIS Announces Delays in Biometric Appointments Due to COVID-19

Earlier this month, U.S. immigration authorities provided the first-ever update about the situation at Application Support Centers, when United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced delays in issuing receipt notices for some applications filed at the USCIS lockbox facility. In a sense, the agency’s issues date back almost to the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, when in-person services at USCIS offices were canceled from March to June of 2020. Though the offices were opened subsequently, the delay in processing applications has been ongoing, as the agency is following safety measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. It is estimated that as of mid-December, more than a million immigrants currently in the United States, who have pending applications for the adjustment of status and other immigration benefits, were waiting for their biometric services appointments at their local Application Support Center (ASC). The ASC collects the immigrant’s fingerprints, photograph, and/or signature.

Thousands of Biometric Appointments Canceled

USCIS has canceled biometric appointments for thousands of immigrants but was expected to reschedule them once the agency got back to normal operations. This has not happened, however, leaving many applicants