US reveals details of biometric border control system


US reveals details of biometric border control system

The US Department of Homeland Security has revealed details of its proposed US Visitor and Immigrant Status Indication Technology (US Visit) system.

Starting next January, the department will authenticate a visitor's identity through at least two biometric identifiers. During the initial stage of the programme, fingerprints and photographs will be used. As the technology is perfected, additional biometric identifiers, such as facial recognition or iris scans, may also be used. 

The information that will be captured along with the person's biometric identifier will include immigrant and citizenship status, nationality, country of residence, and the person's address while in the US.

Eventually that data will also be integrated with the country's Student Exchange Visitor Information System, known as Sevis, which is operated by universities to track foreign students.The data will also be analysed for violations of the law. 

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