DHS prepares to implement US-VISIT
 
DHS prepares to implement US-VISIT

Online Exclusive, Nov 4 2003

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is prepared to implement US-VISIT, a method of tracking and processing foreign visitors to the U.S., which should be in place at airports and seaports by Dec. 31.
The US-VISIT program -- United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology -- captures more complete arrival and departure data for those who require a visa to enter the country.
"We are moving rapidly to complete development and deploy the US-VISIT capability to meet the congressionally mandated Dec. 31 deadline," says Asa Hutchinson, Under Secretary of Border and Transportation Security of the Department of Homeland Security.
US-VISIT uses scanning equipment to collect biometric identifiers -- such as fingerprints -- in an inkless process, along with a digital photograph of the visitor. Together with the standard information gathered from a visitor about their identity and travel, the new program will verify the visitor's identity and compliance with visa and immigration policies.

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