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Fingerprinting/Biometrics Collection
August 10, 2021

Biometric/fingerprint collection is usually scheduled at an Application Support Center (ASC) based on the applicant’s address of record.  If you fall into one of the following categories, we may be able to collect your biometrics/fingerprints:

  • Active-duty members of the military or their spouses who are applicants for naturalization;
  • Spouses of U.S. government employees serving overseas and other applicants for expedited naturalization residing overseas under 319(b) of the INA;
  • Prospective adoptive parents who are filing from overseas.

However, if you fall into one of these categories, you must contact DHS-USCIS Guangzhou in advance to make a determination as to whether you are eligible to have your biometrics captured at this office and to schedule an appointment.  You should provide:

  • Your full name and the basis for your request.
  • A scanned copy of the DHS- USCIS notice (e.g., receipt notice, Request for Evidence, biometric appointment) that includes your receipt number or A-number.
  • The biographic passport page of your passport.
  • If you are a prospective adoptive family, you must provide the biographic page of the passports for every adult member of the household that needs to be fingerprinted.

All Others: In rare circumstances, field office directors at international offices may use their discretion to collect biometrics that were initially scheduled to be taken in the United States. When deciding whether to collect biometrics at an international field office, the field office director must take into account resource constraints.  For information about who may request collection at our office, please review the following website: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-offices/china-uscis-guangzhou-field-office (scroll down to “Fingerprint Collection”). Field office directors will only approve requests in rare circumstances.