Biometrics Required of All Naturalization Applicants, with Some Exceptions

USCIS has announced that every naturalization applicant must provide biometrics regardless of age, unless the applicant qualifies for a fingerprint waiver due to certain medical conditions. For some 20 years, USCIS has waived the fingerprint requirements for naturalization applicants age 75 or older because of difficulty in capturing readable fingerprints from this age group. However, electronic processing of applications and improved technology now allows USCIS to capture fingerprints for applicants of all ages. USCIS will continue to make special arrangements to accommodate the needs of applicants with disabilities and homebound or hospitalized applicants.

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