Immigration and Naturalization
We can only process FBI background requests for U.S. Citizens.
A lawful permanent resident is any person not a citizen of the U.S. who is residing in the U.S. under legally recognized and lawfully recorded permanent residence as an immigrant (also known “Permanent Resident Alien,” “Resident Alien Permit Holder,” and “Green Card Holder”). If you are not a U.S. Citizen and need an FBI National Identity History Summary you must apply directly with the FBI in Washington, D.C., this can take up to 16 weeks.
A. Background Investigation
USCIS conducts an investigation of the applicant upon his or her filing for naturalization. The investigation consists of certain criminal background and security checks.
 The background and security checks include collecting fingerprints and requesting a “name check” from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). In addition, USCIS conducts other inter-agency criminal background and security checks on all applicants for naturalization. The background and security checks apply to most applicants and must be conducted and completed before the applicant is scheduled for his or her naturalization interview.
1. Fingerprint Requirement
USCIS must collect fingerprint records as part of the background check process on applicants for naturalization regardless of their age. In general, applicants receive a biometric service appointment at a local Application Support Center (ASC) for collection of their biometrics (fingerprints, photographs, and signature).
USCIS notifies applicants in writing to appear for fingerprinting after filing the naturalization application. Fingerprints are valid for 15 months from the date of processing by the FBI. An applicant abandons his or her naturalization application if the applicant fails to appear for the fingerprinting appointment without good cause and without notifying USCIS.
Previously, USCIS had waived the fingerprint requirements for applicants 75 years old or older because it was difficult to capture readable fingerprints from this age group. As a result, applicants 75 years old or older were not required to appear at an ASC. Electronic processing of applications and improved technology now allows USCIS to capture fingerprints for applicants of all ages and enhances the ability to confirm identity and perform required background checks.
|FBI – Channeler - Identity History Summary Fees|
|Secure online look-up and download with 2-day USP Mail Delivery Printed on Special Summary Paper||$72.00|
idu LiveScan Services is one of the select few companies in the US that have been certified by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) as an FBI Channeling Agency. An FBI-Approved Channeler is a private business that has contracted with the FBI as the conduit for submitting fingerprints to the FBI and receiving the FBI criminal history record information on behalf of an Authorized Recipient.
Based in Tampa, FL we have the extensive experience and efficiency needed to expedite the process of obtaining an FBI Criminal Report copy for those that need one. What you may be asking, however, is who would need an FBI Criminal Report and why:
U.S. citizens may be required to provide a “Certificate of Good Conduct” or “Lack of a Criminal Record” for use in traveling, living, working, adopting, education and retiring overseas. Most International Employers and Agencies depend on the FBI Identity History Summary to Verify their potential employees.
What is an FBI Criminal Report?
It comes as a surprise to a lot of people to learn that the FBI may be maintaining a criminal report on them. Some people even find the idea rather scary. But the fact is it is very common. The FBI gathers information from every police department and court in the country on arrests and convictions and compiles the information into a large national database. So, if you have ever been arrested, charged with a crime or convicted of one, the FBI knows about it and they have created a report that documents it all.
Not everyone has an FBI Criminal Report of course, as they are generally a summary of arrests and convictions - in all 50 states - related to a specific individual. But even if you have never been arrested, there are some specific situations that require you to prove that fact and obtaining an official transcript - officially called a National Identity History Summary check but more often referred to as an FBI Criminal Report - from the FBI is the most efficient and acceptable way to do that.
So, who might need to access their FBI Criminal Report and/or obtain a National Identity History Summary proving that they do not have a criminal history? Here are some of the most common examples.