[Q] What is ASC office and what role does ASC play in EB-5 processing?
ASC is an acronym for Application Support Center, and their primary purpose is to render biometrics (digital fingerprint and photo taking) services for various immigration benefits related applications. Therefore, when EB-5 investor submits I-829 conditions removal or I-131 reentry permit application, the investor will receive ASC Notice telling him or her to go to a specific ASC office at a designated time and place to do biometrics. They are not the same facility as USCIS Field Offices; instead, they provide biometric functions needed for immigration applications that are submitted to USCIS.
Biometric functions used to be rendered by local USCIS Field Offices in the past, but recently, this function has been "farmed out" to ASC offices located near local Field Offices.
Our recent experiences indicate that CSC sends out ASC biometrics notices within several weeks of receiving I-485s or I-829s. Note that receiving ASC biometric notice does not mean that your case will be approved.