Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, USCIS has delayed scheduling and rescheduling application support center (ASC) appointments to collect biometrics. USCIS temporarily suspended in-person services at ASCs in response to the spread of COVID-19 for several months beginning in March 2020 to ensure the safety of employees and applicants. As a result, USCIS canceled approximately 280,000 appointments. Appointments have resumed but at present about 1.3 million applications are waiting for their biometrics appointment.
The centers have reopened in phases, currently operating at 65% capacity since late October. USCIS advises applicants to continue to wait for a biometrics appointment notice or a Form I-797, Notice of Action, from USCIS indicating their previously collected biometrics may be reused.
Individuals are free to check their application’s status by visiting the USCIS case status website, linked here.
If you have any questions about your scheduled or rescheduled biometrics appointment or filed application, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.