Effective May 6, 2013, the immigration agency will implement Customer Identity Verification (CIV) in its local offices. Individuals will now be required to submit biometric data (fingerprints and photographs), when appearing at USCIS offices for interviews or to receive evidence of an immigration benefit. CIV will help to defend against threats to national security and protect customers from identity fraud by enhancing the agency’s ability to verify identity.  For more information, please see the USCIS website: http://go.usa.gov/T3rw.