DHS Issues Proposed Rule to Expand Biometrics Collection

November 24, 2020

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Laura Danielson is an active member.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to “permit collection of biometrics from aliens departing from airports, land ports, seaports, or any other authorized point of departure.” In addition, to enable U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to verify identity by using facial recognition technology, DHS proposes “to amend the regulations to provide that all aliens may be required to be photographed upon entry and/or departure.”

U.S. citizens may voluntarily opt out of participating in CBP’s biometric verification program.

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