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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2966

U.S. Embassies worldwide to upgrade biometric technology to issue visas

Colombo,07 December, ( On December 10, 2007, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo will begin collecting ten fingerprints from all immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants, implementing a procedure being put into place at all U.S. visa-issuing facilities worldwide. This builds on the collection of two fingerprints that began in 2004, and represents the latest evolution in using biometric technology to enhance the security of travel to the United States. Fingerprints will be collected electronically on the day of interview. The process only takes about 30 seconds.

There is no change in the requirements for that must provide fingerprints at the interview. As before, applicants for diplomatic or official visa classes, applicants under 14 or over 79 years of age, and medical emergency cases are exempt from the requirement.

Following the transition to ten prints, the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security will be able to more effectively process and clear visa applicant fingerprints. The United States Government continues to work to ensure that access to the U.S. is not impeded for the vast majority of international travelers whose presence is welcome and valued, and is determined to preserve the crucial benefits they provide, while strengthening the security of the visa process.

- Asian Tribune -

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