There are various USCIS local offices which provide all the required services related to immigration, applications, interviews, etc., to the appellants.
Application Support Center which is called an ASC, offers fingerprinting services. ASC offers this service normally after the appellant files an application. These centers do not offer information services. You also cannot file any application directly at an ASC.
Certain immigration applications, such as Form N-400, Application for Naturalization or Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, require a background check. Hence the USCIS will conduct an FBI fingerprint background check on the aspirants, who file such forms.
Applicants who require background checks, will be required to appear for fingerprinting at specific Application Support Centers.
These centers schedule appointments at the time of processing the applications. Candidates are required to be present during the scheduled appointment, as the case may be delayed if the appellant does not appear at the scheduled time of appointment. The applicant can make use of the alternatives found on the appointment notice, if the applicant is not able to appear during the scheduled appointment.
The ASC allows the applicants to make their own appointments for certain services. The candidate can go through the instructions on the appointment notice and make a prompt appointment, making sure that the case processing is not affected.
You are recommended to arrive at the specific center at least 15 minutes before the appointment, as you may be required to reschedule your appointment, in case you arrive late. While coming to the ASC, you must bring a printed copy of your online application, signed by you. You must also bring your biometric appointment receipt and your valid passport.
Hence, the aspirants are recommended to follow all the instructions on the USCIS form or notice that they receive.
Application Support Center are located in many states in America.
Many people have an opinion that the USCIS forms are available for filing, in the Application Support Centers, but that is not true. The USCIS forms are available in the USCIS offices and the USCIS website, through which you can print the required application and file it accordingly. You also cannot file any application directly in these centers. The ASC offers only the fingerprinting and photographic services which are parts of the application process.
Only certain USCIS forms require the appellant to appear for FBI fingerprint background checks. The applicants will be notified about their ASC appointments via mail. According to the dates mentioned in the mail, the appellants can appear for appointment scheduled by the USCIS Application Support Center.