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DHS proposes rule to expand biometric data collection

  1. Date Announced

    Sept. 11, 2020

    This proposed rule would require anyone filing for an immigration benefit, including US citizens and children, to appear in person for biometric collection. In addition, the rule

    • requires the collection of biometrics upon the arrest of any noncitizen;
    • expands the meaning of "biometrics" to include iris scans, palm prints, and voice prints; and
    • changes how VAWA and T-visa petitioners demonstrate good moral character, including by removing the current presumption of good moral character for applicants under 14.

    This NPRM was signed by Chad Mizelle, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the General Counsel, on behalf of Acting Secretary Wolf

    [ID #1038]

    See Biden administration action below.

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  3. Biden Administration Action

    May 10, 2021

    This Biden administration action revokes in its entirety the Trump-era policy identified in this entry. On May 10, 2021, DHS withdrew the proposed rule, finding existing biometrics collection requirements sufficient.

    2021.05.10 Proposed Rules
Status: Proposed
Type of Action: Rule
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Biden Administration Action


BuzzFeed: Trump Wants To Force Immigrants To Submit Eye Scans, Voice Prints, And DNA

Buzzfeed offers commentary from former USCIS officials and NGOs on the implications of the proposed biometric rule.

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Guest Post by Hunter Knapp: DHS Proposed Rule on Collection of Biometrics

Guest Post by Hunter Knapp: DHS Proposed Rule on Collection of Biometrics

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