Biometrics is a major part of the immigration process. It refers to the collection of important data, such as fingerprints, photographs and/or signatures. This information is used to conduct background and security checks, among other things. Recently, a new rule regarding biometrics was proposed by the Department of Homeland Security. This rule would make the biometrics process much stricter. Read on to learn more about the rule and why it has been withdrawn.
What did the New Rule Entail?
According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the new rule would have expanded department authorities and requirements for collecting biometrics by removing age restrictions and requiring the submission of biometrics for every applicant, petitioner, sponsor, beneficiary, or other individual filing for, or associated with, any immigration or naturalization benefit. DHS was also looking to codify the authority to use DNA test results.
Why has the Rule Been Withdrawn?
According to uscis.gov, “DHS announced its decision to withdraw the proposed rule, originally published on Sept. 11, 2020, in a Federal Register notice. The withdrawal is consistent with the Executive Order 14012, Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans, and additional administration priorities to reduce barriers and undue burdens in the immigration system.” Notably, a large number of biometrics appointments were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, halting the immigration process for millions.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding biometrics or any other aspects of the immigration process, reach out to our firm today. We are here to advocate for you and walk you through the process every step of the way.
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