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US-VISIT to include visa waivers

As of Sept. 30, Homeland Security Department officials will require travelers from visa-waiver countries to enroll in the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program. DHS officials also are asking Congress to extend by two years the Oct. 26 deadline that requires visas to include biometric information. And the Bush administration has asked for biometric passport readers for DHS officials to use at all points of entry. “In our ongoing collaboration between the departments of State and Homeland Security, we are making two complementary decisions,” said Asa Hutchinson, DHS’ undersecretary of border and transportation security, in a statement. Technology-related issues impede most countries’ abilities to meet the October deadline for biometric passports, Hutchinson said. Full Story

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