Law Offices of Janet J. Greathouse
Immigration and Nationality Law
US-VISIT Program Detailed

Under Secretary Asa Hutchinson recently provided information on the launch of the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) Program, a new entry-exit system to be placed at U.S. airports and seaports.  US-VISIT is designed to establish an automated system that will expedite the entry and exit of legitimate travelers, while making it more difficult for those with nefarious intent to enter the country.

Specifically, the system will be designed to:
Collect, maintain, and share information (including biometric identifiers) on foreign nationals to determine whether the individual:
  1. Should be prohibited from entering the U.S.;
  2. Can receive, extend, change, or adjust immigration status;
  3. Has overstayed their visa; and/or
  4. Needs special protection/attention (i.e., refugees); and
Enhance traffic flow for individuals entering or exiting the U.S. for legitimate purpose by:
  1. Facilitating travel and commerce;
  2. Respecting the environment;
  3. Strengthening international cooperation; and
  4. Respecting privacy laws and policies.
The US-VISIT system will be implemented incrementally, but eventually will collect information on the arrival and departure of most foreign nationals such as: date; nationality; classification as an immigrant or non-immigrant; complete name; date of birth; citizenship; sex; passport number and country of issuance; country of residence; U.S. visa number, date and place of issuance; alien registration number; and complete address while in the United States.  The information will be stored in databases maintained by DHS and the Department of State as part of an individual's travel record.

The information in the US-VISIT system will be available to inspectors at ports of entry, special agents in the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), adjudications staff at immigration services offices, U.S. consular offices, and other law enforcement agencies.  This information will be made available only to authorized officials for official duties including, identifying non-immigrants who may have overstayed their visas or otherwise violated the terms of their admission, assisting in the adjudication of immigration benefits, and assisting other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies as necessary.
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