All Naturalization Applicants Must Provide Biometrics

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy manual was updated on July 26, 2017, to now require that nearly all naturalization applicants provide biometrics, regardless of age. Prior to this, those applying to become U.S. citizens who were 75 years of age or older, were not required to provide biometrics.

Policy Alert Explains Reason for Policy Change

As explained in the policy alert released in conjunction with the policy manual update, since 1998, naturalization applicants have not been required to submit biometrics because it is often difficult to capture readable fingerprints from more elderly applicants. This policy change is now being implemented because “[e]lectronic processing of applications and improved technology now allows USCIS to capture fingerprints for applicants of all ages and enhances the ability to confirm identity and perform required background checks.”

Accommodations for Homebound, Hospitalized, and Disabled Applicants

This policy change does not impact the biometrics accommodations available for a naturalization applicant who is unable to attend a biometrics appointment because of a disability, and/or because the person is homebound or hospitalized. In these situations, an applicant may submit medical documentation to evidence the need for an in-home appointment.


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