Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Facebook: Expanding Biometric Services to Our Neighbor Islands
Until recently, neighbor island residents requiring biometric technology for things like immigration assistance had to travel to Honolulu. In addition to taking time off of work and school, and paying USCIS processing fees, neighbor island residents had to also personally pay for the cost of air transportation to and from Honolulu, hotel costs, and other travel expenses. My team worked with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and other partners to launch a biometrics pilot program on the islands of Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii in 2017 that has helped constituents like Tapani of Kahului, Maui access get access to these services.
Tapani said: “I wanted to write you and express my gratitude for the pilot program that USCIS is currently running on Maui. I understand that normally in the past the collection of biometric information for the purpose of applying for the US citizenship was only taken in Honolulu. This was very convenient for me personally having ability to get this taken care here on Maui where I reside and work as I would imagine is the case to anyone living on Maui or any other major neighbor island. Please know that I am very grateful for this pilot program and hopefully it has enough merit to be continued so it may help other future US citizenship applicants.”
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