Aug 24 2012
USCIS Posts Memorandum on Accommodations to be Made during Photography for Religious Headwear
USCIS has published a policy memorandum regarding accommodations to be made during the capture of photographs and fingerprints by USCIS for individuals’ religious beliefs. USCIS does require individuals to remove headwear that is not religious at the time of their photograph. Exceptions may be made in cases where individuals wear headwear as part of their religious practices. Such headwear can be worn as long as a reasonable likeness can still be obtained of the individual, including full visibility of the full face and no shadow upon the face.
USCIS will ask an individual to remove or adjust portions of his or her religious headwear if the headwear covers all or parts of the individual’s face. Adjustments may also be required if the headwear casts a shadow on all or part of the individual’s face. When USCIS makes such a request, a private room or screened area will be made available for privacy. Additionally, if an officer who is of the same gender as the individual is available to take the photo, he or she will be accessed to take the photo.