January 30, 2017

At Hirono’s Request, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Launches One-Week Pilot Program for Biometrics Services on Maui

Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will pilot a one-time, one-week biometrics collection for immigration benefits on Maui from February 27 to March 3, 2017.

“This decision will allow USCIS to provide services in an equitable manner to individuals on Maui and ease the financial burden faced by already vulnerable immigrant families,” said Senator Hirono.

In June 2016 Senator Hirono wrote to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director urging him to restore mobile biometrics services to neighbor islands.

Currently, immigrants who require biometric intake and interview services must travel to Honolulu. The cost factor of air transportation for neighbor island residents is in addition to the time off from work or school, and USCIS processing fees. Combined, these factors present a substantial burden on immigrants, their families, and particularly for women.

The Mobile Biometrics Station will be at the Royal Lahaina Resort located at 2780 Kekaa Drive, Lahaina. Notices for these appointments (Form I-797) will be mailed out beginning February 10, 2017, and will include instructions to report to this location.