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DOS Issues Final Rule on Nonimmigrant Visa Fingerprinting

This recent final rule from the Department of State amends the Department of State’s regulations relating to the application for a nonimmigrant visa, to generally require all applicants, with certain exceptions, to provide a set of ten scanned fingerprints as part of the application process.

The scanning of ten fingerprints of nonimmigrant visa applicants has already been implemented. For the purposes of verifying and confirming identity, conducting background checks, and to ensure that an applicant has not received a visa or entered into the United States under a different name, the Department of State may use the fingerprints in order to ascertain from the appropriate authorities whether they have information pertinent to the applicant’s eligibility to receive a visa and for other purposes consistent with applicable law, regulations, and Department policy. Expect more lines at the airports for sure!!