USCIS Announces Reuse of Previously Submitted Biometrics to Process Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, Extension Requests

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will reuse previously submitted biometrics to process Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of Application Support Centers (ASC) in response to COVID-19.

What Happened?

Due to the impact of COVID-19, USCIS announced they will reuse biometrics from applicants of extension requests for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.

Who Does This Impact?

Applicants who had an appointment scheduled with an ASC on or after the March 18 closure or has filed a Form I-765 extension will have their application processed using previously submitted biometrics. This will remain in effect until ASCs are open for appointments to the public.

How are Envoy and GIA responding?

GIA will continue to file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests.

What do I need to do next?

We are monitoring USCIS announcements and will publish information about any updates. Should you have any questions regarding this update, please reach out via the Communication Center.

Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Sara Herbek, who is a Managing Partner at Global Immigration Associates, P.C. (, Envoy’s affiliated law firm.

Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional.