This policy memorandum (PM) sets forth policy for the capture of photographs or fingerprints by
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees and contractors during the
course of their duties. This PM explains when accommodations are to be offered to individuals
wearing religious headwear or professing religious beliefs, what accommodations should be
offered, and to whom the accommodations should be offered. Additionally, USCIS will continue
to deny requests for a waiver of the photo graph requirement, in line with existing guidance.
USCIS will not waive the photograph requirement, in any situation, based on a religious
Read more: http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Laws/Memoranda/2012/August%202012/Accommodating%20Religious%20Beliefs%20PM.pdf