Immigrants who choose to move to the United States will need to be fingerprinted. It is a USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) requirement for all applicants and petitioners in order for FBI criminal background checks to be performed.
USCIS processes fingerprint cards for immigration benefits if an applicant or petitioner needs to be fingerprinted at an authorised fingerprint site such as a USCIS office, Application Support Centres (ASCs), U.S. consular offices abroad, as well as at military installations abroad.
Scheduled Fingerprint Appointments
USCIS usually schedules applicants and petitioners to appear and be fingerprinted at a fingerprint site after the actual application or petition has been filed. As of 2010, USCIS charges $80 per person for most applicants to be fingerprinted. Before you submit your application or petition, check your form to see if you will need to be fingerprinted. However, applicants or petitioners living abroad, who are fingerprinted at a U.S. consular or military installation, do not need to pay to be fingerprinted or arrange for additional fingerprints from USCIS when they return to the United States. However, fingerprint cards must be submitted at the same time as they submit their application or petition.
Freestanding Fingerprint Sites (ASCs)
The USCIS fingerprinting process has changed over the years to make it more convenient for customers. USCIS has opened 84 freestanding fingerprint sites as we as 46 sites located within existing USCIS offices. The system has been further enhanced whereby fingerprints are taken from customers and submitted electronically to the FBI. The electronic method of fingerprint submission has helped to reduce the processing times for criminal background checks.
Find Out More About ASCs
To find out more about ASCs closest to you to schedule fingerprinting, go to the Fingerprint Instructions for All Immigration Benefits Applicants page. Or call the USCIS toll free number at 1-1800-375-5283 for more information.
Forms that Require Fingerprints
Some of the immigration forms that require fingerprints include Form I-600 Immigration Petition for Orphan (Adoption), Form I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status, Form I-589 Application for Political Asylum, and others.
Immigrants moving to the United States will need to be fingerprinted. These fingerprints will then be forwarded to the FBI for criminal background checks.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Fingerprints