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Background Information - Introduction

US-VISIT is a top priority for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security because it enhances security for our citizens and visitors while facilitating legitimate travel and trade across our borders.

US-VISIT is part of a continuum of security measures that begins overseas, when a person applies for a visa to travel to the United States, and continues from their arrival to and departure from the United States.  It incorporates eligibility determinations made by both the Departments of Homeland Security and State.

The goals of US-VISIT are to

  • Enhance the security of our citizens and visitors
  • Facilitate legitimate travel and trade
  • Ensure the integrity of our immigration system
  • Protect the privacy of our visitors

US-VISIT procedures currently apply to all visitors (with limited exemptions) holding non-immigrant visas, regardless of country of origin.

On September 30, 2004, US-VISIT entry and exit procedures expand to include visitors traveling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) who arrive at airports and seaports.

What are the laws authorizing US-VISIT?

US-VISIT has been established in accordance with several Congressional mandates requiring that the Department of Homeland Security create an integrated, automated entry-exit system that:

  • Records the arrival and departure of aliens.
  • Deploys equipment at all ports of entry to allow for the verification of aliensa^?(TM) identities and the authentication of their travel documents through the comparison of biometric identifiers.
  • Utilizes an entry-exit system that records alien arrival and departure information from these biometrically authenticated documents.

Key Legal References

  • The Illegal Immigration and Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.
  • The Immigration and Naturalization Service Data Management Improvement Act of 2000.
  • The USA PATRIOT Act of 2001.
  • The Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2001.

How did the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 affect the implementation of the system?

The tragic acts of September 11, 2001 increased the urgency to create a comprehensive entry and exit system, and Congress passed two important acts that have a significant impact on US-VISIT:

  • In the USA PATRIOT Act, Congress expressed a requirement for a^?oespeeda^?? in the implementation and included the requirement that the White House Office of Homeland Security (OHS) be consulted with respect to the establishment of the entry and exit program.  The PATRIOT Act also introduced the concept of biometrics to establish a technology standard that would be used in the development of US-VISIT.
  • The Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act expanded on the USA PATRIOT Act and the Data Management Improvement Act by mandating increased requirements for US-VISIT Program integration, interoperability with other law enforcement and intelligence systems, biometrics, and accessibility.  

What agencies under the Department of Homeland Security are working together to create US-VISIT?  What other Departments or agencies are working with DHS?

US-VISIT consists of representatives from the various components of DHS responsible for border security, including the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the U.S. Coast Guard.  Other DHS components that assist the US-VISIT team include the Directorate for Management and the Science and Technology Directorate.  In addition, outside DHS, the team consists of representatives from the Departments of Transportation, State, Commerce, and Justice, and the General Services Administration.  

In addition, we have established a US-VISIT Advisory Board to provide guidance and counsel in setting the overall vision and strategic direction for US-VISIT.  This board will also provide the communications link for aligning the strategic direction, priorities, and resources both within DHS and with the other government agencies that participate in the development and implementation of US-VISIT.

Who is responsible for enforcing the program?

The Secretary of Homeland Security is responsible for enforcing the provisions which are the basis for establishing a comprehensive entry and exit process.  Within the Department of Homeland Security, the Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security is responsible for implementing US-VISIT.

How do US-VISIT entry procedures work?

US-VISIT is part of a continuum of security measures that begins overseas, when a person applies for a visa to travel to the United States, and continues from their arrival to and departure from the United States.  It incorporates eligibility determinations made by both the Departments of Homeland Security and State.  

Enrollment in US-VISIT for visitors applying for a visa is done overseas at the visa-issuing post where each visitor has his or her biographic and biometric information a^??g two index fingerscans and a digital photograph a^??g captured by a State Department official.  

By October 2004, all 211 visa-issuing posts will deploy US-VISIT as part of the visa process.  The US-VISIT biometric procedure has already prevented known criminals from getting visas in the first place.  

US-VISIT entry procedures are currently in place at 115 airports and 14 seaports.  By the end of this year, US-VISIT will expand to the 50 busiest land ports of entry.  

Upon a visitora^?(TM)s arrival in the United States, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer uses an inkless digital fingerscanner to electronically capture two fingerscans.  The visitor is asked to put the left index finger and then the right index finger on the scanner.  The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer also takes a digital photograph of the visitor.

The biographic and biometric data is used to match the visitor with the travel documents and is compared against watch lists.  The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer asks questions about the visitora^?(TM)s stay in the United States.  At that point, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer either admits the visitor or conducts additional inquiries based on the verification results. These procedures should reduce fraud, identity theft, and the risk that terrorists and criminals will enter the United States undetected.

While in the United States, should the visitor seek to adjust status or extend his or her stay, US-VISIT would be updated with any modifications to the individuala^?(TM)s status.  

How does a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer determine that a person requires additional or secondary screening?

If the data provided indicates possible national security concerns, other law enforcement concerns, improper documentation, or any other ground of inadmissibility to the United States, then the officer will refer the visitor for additional screening or assistance.

What is the process for visitors with visas exiting the United States?

On January 5, 2004, US-VISIT began a pilot test of departure confirmation systems, using automated exit stations at Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Miami International Cruise Line Terminal.  When leaving the country from these two ports, visitors with visas check out at an exit station located within the secure area of the airport or seaport.  Here, visitors with visas scan their travel documents and repeat the digital fingerscanning process on the inkless device.  If additional assistance is needed, a       US-VISIT exit attendant is available to assist with the fingerscanning and document scanning process.

The exit pilot program expanded to Chicagoa^?(TM)s Oa^?(TM)Hare International Airport in August 2004 and will be further expanded to the following airports and seaports by November 2004:

  • Atlanta, Georgia (William B. Hartsfield International Airport)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport)
  • Denver, Colorado (Denver International Airport)
  • Detroit, Michigan (Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport)
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport)
  • Newark, New Jersey (Newark International Airport)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia International Airport)
  • Phoenix, Arizona (Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport)  
  • San Francisco, California (San Francisco International Airport)
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico (Luis MuA?}oz Marin International Airport)
  • Seattle, Washington (Seattle/Tacoma International Airport)
  • Los Angeles, California (San Pedro and Long Beach Seaports)

The exit procedures being piloted require foreign visitors to check out at an exit station or with a US VISIT exit attendant at the departure gate at the port.  Foreign visitors will go though one of the following processes, depending on location.

  • Under one alternative, visitors departing the United States will check out of the country at exit stations located within the airport or seaport terminal.   As with the process the visitors encounter upon entry at airports or seaports, their travel documents are read, their two index fingers will be scanned at the exit station, their digital picture will be taken, and they will receive a printed receipt that verifies that they have checked out. An exit attendant will be available to assist with visitorsa^?(TM) check out.
  • The second alternative still uses the exit station but includes an additional step a^??g verifying a^??g at the departure gate.  Visitors will be required to present the receipt at their departure gate to confirm that they checked out at the exit station.  The exit attendant will scan the receipt and then ask the visitor to place an index finger on the scanning device.  Once the persona^?(TM)s identity is matched to the receipt, the exit attendant will hand the visitor her receipt back and the visitor will board.
  • Another alternative under the pilot program is a biometric check-out process with a US VISIT exit attendant at visitorsa^?(TM) departure gates.

As of September 30, 2004, US-VISIT entry and exit procedures expand to include visitors traveling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) arriving at airports and seaports.

What happens after a person checks out?  How quickly will you know if they have overstayed their visit?

The arrival and departure records are stored in the Arrival/Departure Information System (ADIS).  This information will prove whether an individual has complied with the admission terms of his or her visa.  It is important that visitors comply with and go through the departure confirmation system so that they do not jeopardize their re-admittance to the United States.

ADIS data is constantly updated, and if a visitor overstays his or her allotted time, US VISIT records the failure to depart.

In addition, US-VISIT is able to compare arrival and departure biographical manifest data provided by the airlines and cruise lines to know when a visitor entered and exited the country.

What happens if a visitor checks in at an airport where the entry procedures are operational, then tries to leave the United States from an airport where the exit processing is not yet in place?

Checking out of the country using the US-VISIT exit procedure is mandatory where an exit solution is in place at the port of departure.  If visitors fail to check out through these facilities, it could affect their ability to re-enter the country.  Eventually, all airports and seaports may contain exit stations or other alternatives.  People will not be penalized if an exit solution is not yet installed at their point of departure.  We are working aggressively to communicate these procedures to make sure all visitors understand what they need to do.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers and various transportation companies are distributing cards that provide instructions for the exit requirements and procedures at those ports of departure.

How will you determine if a visitor has overstayed his or her visit?

Arrival and departure records are reconciled, and any inconsistency allows US-VISIT to determine that a visitor has overstayed.

Currently, we are able to compare arrival and departure biographical manifest data provided by the airlines and cruise lines to know when someone entered and exited the country.

What are the consequences for an individual who overstays his or her visa?

Depending upon the individual circumstances, an individual who violates immigration laws by overstaying his or her period of admission may be subject to removal from the United States and may be barred from future entry or from receiving a new visa.

Will US-VISIT apply to people of all ages (babies, the elderly, disabled, etc.)?

US-VISIT currently applies to foreign visitors seeking admission on non-immigrant visas.  As of September 30, 2004, it includes visitors seeking admission under the Visa Waiver Program.  

At this time, US-VISIT does not apply to foreign visitors seeking entry at land border ports of entry.

Specific classes of diplomats and some other officials are exempt from biometric enrollment under US-VISIT.  There are also other exemptions.  For example, visitors under age 14 and over age 79 are exempt from US-VISIT procedures.  

The Department of Homeland Security published a federal register notice on January 5, 2004 that indicates the classes of foreign nationals that are initially required to comply with the US-VISIT biometric requirements and also lists the airports and seaports where the entry and exit components of the US-VISIT Program will initially be operational.  

Will US-VISIT hurt U.S. trade and tourism?

To the contrary, US-VISIT enhances trade and tourism.  By making America a safer place to visit and conduct business, US-VISIT enhances our economic security.  In fact, US-VISIT sets an international standard in border security, and other nations are in the process of adopting systems similar to our own.  Over time, new tools like the worldwide use of biometric identifiers will speed identity authentication, making check-in/check-out faster and more efficient.  It is also hoped that better identity matching at primary processing will mean fewer people will be sent to secondary processing.

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The US Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program provides visa-issuing posts and ports of entry with the biometric technology that enables the US government to establish and verify the identity of foreign nationals who apply for visas and enter the US.  The biometrics are collected to verify that the person at the port of entry is the same person who received the visa.  Immigration officials use this information to help them make visa-issuance and admission decisions as part of the visa application process or entry inspection.

Procedures involve digital photographing and inkless fingerprinting.  More details are available on the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  US-VISIT  webpage.

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OBIM: Entry and Exit System – Biometric Procedures for US Visa and Entry

OBIM: Entry and Exit System - Biometric Procedures for US Visa and Entry

What Does OBIM Stand for in Immigration?

OBIM stands for the Office of Biometric Identity Management.

Under the OBIM (previously US-VISIT) program, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) collects fingerprints and digital photographs of most non-US citizens while getting the US visa and also while entering the US. OBIM provides biometric identification services to federal, state, and local government decision-makers. Collecting biometrics information helps immigration officers determine whether a particular person is eligible to receive a visa or enter the US Biometrics collection prevents identity fraud, as unlike names and dates of birth (which can be changed), biometrics are unique and virtually impossible to forge. It helps the US government prevent people from using fraudulent documents to enter the US illegally. It also helps identify persons who have overstayed in the US.

The goals of OBIM are to:

  • Enhance the security of US citizens and visitors
  • Expedite legitimate travel and trade
  • Ensure the integrity of the immigration system
  • Safeguard the personal privacy of visitors

OBIM will enhance the security of the United States while expediting legitimate travel and trade. The United States of America is a nation where diversity is celebrated, and people from all over the world are welcome. Today, the United States — like most other countries — is working to keep its borders secure while it maintains the freedom to exchange ideas, keep businesses thriving, and enrich lives all over the world.

Who does OBIM Apply To?

With limited exceptions listed below, OBIM applies to all international visitors, including those entering under the Visa Waiver Program and permanent residents (Green Card holders) of the US. OBIM does not apply to US citizens (including naturalized US citizens) .

Exceptions for OBIM include:

  • Visitors admitted on most diplomatic visa classifications, such as an A-1, A-2, C-3, G-1 through G-4, and NATO-1 through NATO-6 visas
  • Children under the age of 14 years and persons over the age of 79 years
  • Classes of visitors whom the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security jointly determine shall be exempt
  • An individual visitor whom the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Director of Central Intelligence Agency jointly determine shall be exempt
  • Taiwanese officials who hold E-1 visas and members of their immediate families
  • Special applicability to Canadian citizens
  • Special applicability to Mexican citizens
  • At seaports, LPRs (permanent residents) returning from a closed-loop cruise (cruises that begin and end at the same port in the US)

Personal information collected by OBIM will be used only for the purposes for which it was collected unless specifically authorized or mandated by law.

All data obtained from the visitor is securely stored as part of the visitor’s travel record. This information is made available only to authorized officials and selected law enforcement agencies on a need-to-know basis in their efforts to help protect the nation against those who intend to harm Americans or visitors to the United States.

OBIM Requires 10 Fingerprints and a Digital Photograph

Using an ink-less biometric device, your 10 fingerprints will be taken digitally. As shown in the above images, you will be fingerprinted with your right four fingers, then right thumb, then left four fingers, then left thumb, and a digital photograph using a digital camera will be taken. This procedure is called collecting your biometrics.

US Visa Application and OBIM

When you apply for a US visa, among other procedures, your biometrics will be collected through OBIM.

Upon Arrival

When you arrive in the US, keep your travel documents ready.

US Arrival By Air and Sea Please review port of entry procedures for detailed information about entering the US. 

Additionally, a Customs and Border Protection officer will collect your fingerprints (scan your fingerprints) and take your photograph with a digital camera.

US Arrival By Land OBIM biometric procedures are similar, as described above, and will occur at the port’s secondary inspection area.

Please refer to the following information for more information about the Mexican and Canadian borders.

Entering the US Through the Mexican Border

While entering the US by land at the US-Mexico border, general exceptions to OBIM, as described above, apply. The following additional rules apply:

  • If you are traveling to and from the US using a Border Crossing Card (BCC) and traveling only within the border zone, you are not subject to OBIM procedures unless the immigration official asks for a secondary inspection.
  • If you are planning to travel outside the border zone and/or stay more than 30 days, you must complete a Form I-94, and you are subject to OBIM procedures. Additional Information:
  • Mexican citizens who participate in SENTRI (the Secure Electronic Network for Traveler’s Rapid Inspection) and/or FAST (Free and Secure Trade) will not be enrolled in OBIM until they are required to re-register as part of the routine processing to renew a multiple-entry Form I-94.
  • Multiple-entry Forms I-94 will continue to be issued as before. All current and valid Forms I-94 remain in effect, and the OBIM biometric collection requirements will apply either at the time of the next issuance of the Form I-94 or at any time at the discretion of the Customs and Border Protection Officer.
  • Non-Mexican citizens: Unless you are a permanent resident of the US, all non-Mexican citizens must complete a Form I-94 and be subject to OBIM procedures if they are not LPRs (permanent residents). On the other hand, LPRs (permanent residents) will be subject to OBIM only if they are referred to secondary inspection.

Entering the US Through the Canadian Border

While entering the US by land at the US-Canada border, general exceptions to OBIM, as described above, apply. The following additional rules apply:

  • Those who are visa-exempt or traveling on B-1/B-2 visas.
  • Those studying or working in the US who normally do not have non-immigrant visas in their passports.
  • Applicants for admission at the primary vehicle inspection point presenting a valid, unexpired multiple-entry Form I-94 must be admitted without being subject to secondary inspection, even if the applicant is not yet enrolled in OBIM. However, the following Canadians are subject to the OBIM program:
  • Canadians with dual nationality who present a non-Canadian passport are subject to OBIM.
  • Canadians who are required to obtain a Form I-94 or who require a waiver of admissibility to enter the US.
  • Canadian permanent residents
  • Current Canadian permanent residents who are participants in NEXUS (Canadian Border Dedicated Commuter Lane) and/or FAST (Free and Secure Trade) when they renew their multiple-entry Form I-94s.
  • Visitors renewing their multiple-entry Form I-94. All current, valid Forms I-94 remain in effect. OBIM biometric collection procedures will occur either at the time of the next issuance of the Form I-94 or at the discretion of the Customs and Border Protection Officer. On the other hand, LPRs (permanent residents) will be subject to OBIM only if they are referred to secondary inspection.

Upon Departure from the US

When you leave the US, if applicable, you should return your Form I-94 (or I-94W) to an airline or ship representative. That completes the US exit process. 

All travelers who provide biometrics when entering the U. will be required to provide biometrics when departing the US as well.

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Homeland Security: Key US-VISIT Components at Varying Stages of Completion, but Integrated and Reliable Schedule Needed

The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program stores and processes biometric and biographic information to, among other things, control and monitor the entry and exit of foreign visitors. Currently, an entry capability is operating at almost 300 U.S. ports of entry, but an exit capability is not. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has previously reported on limitations in DHS's efforts to plan and execute its efforts to deliver US-VISIT exit, and made recommendations to improve these areas. GAO was asked to determine (1) the status of DHS's efforts to deliver a comprehensive exit solution and (2) to what extent DHS is applying an integrated approach to managing its comprehensive exit solution. To accomplish this, GAO assessed US-VISIT exit project plans, schedules, and other management documentation against relevant criteria, and it observed exit pilots.

DHS has established a Comprehensive Exit project within its US-VISIT program that consists of six components that are at varying stages of completion. To DHS's credit, the US-VISIT program office has established integrated project management plans for, and has adopted an integrated approach to, interacting with and involving stakeholders in its Comprehensive Exit project. However, it has not adopted an integrated approach to scheduling, executing, and tracking the work that needs to be accomplished to deliver a comprehensive exit solution. Rather, it is relying on several separate and distinct schedules to manage individual components and the US-VISIT prime contractor's work that supports these components. Moreover, neither of the two component schedules that GAO reviewed are reliable because they have not been derived in accordance with relevant guidance. Specifically, both the Air Exit Pilots schedule and the Temporary Worker Visa Exit Pilot schedule only fully meet one of nine key schedule estimating practices, and either partially, minimally, or do not meet the remaining eight. In contrast, the prime contractor's schedule is largely reliable, as it fully or substantially meets all nine practices. Without a master schedule for the Comprehensive Exit project that is integrated and derived in accordance with relevant guidance, DHS cannot reliably commit to when and how the work will be accomplished to deliver a comprehensive exit solution to its almost 300 ports of entry, and it cannot adequately monitor and manage its progress toward this end.

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Generally, if you want to visit ( and not live in ) the United States you must first obtain a visitor visa . Travelers from certain countries may be exempt from this requirement. For more information, please see the U.S. Department of State website .

If you want to travel to the United States for reasons other than business or pleasure, you must apply for a visa in the appropriate category. This includes if you want to study, work as a crew member or journalist, etc. You can get help determining which visa you need by using the Explore My Options page.

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If Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  authorizes your admission to the United States at the designated port of entry, you will receive a stamped Form I-94, Record of Arrival-Departure . If you wish to stay beyond the time indicated on the Form I-94, you may apply for an extension by filing Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status , with USCIS.

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Awards Accenture-Led Smart Border Alliance the Contract to Develop and Implement US-VISIT Program

Smart Border Alliance to Help Design and Deploy New US-VISIT System at U.S. Air, Land and Sea Ports of Entry

WASHINGTON; June 1, 2004 – The Accenture-led Smart Border Alliance has been selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to design and implement the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program. Under the contract, which includes five base years plus five option years, the Smart Border Alliance will help develop and implement a new entry/exit system to be deployed at the nation’s more than 400 air, land and sea ports of entry.

US-VISIT will be designed to provide the capability to record the entry and exit of non-U.S. citizens to the United States, to verify the identity of incoming visitors and to confirm compliance with visa and immigration policies. The system will be designed to record the entry and exit of visitors through the use of digital-finger scans and digital photos captured at the ports of entry.

The goals of the US-VISIT program are to enhance the security of U.S. citizens and visitors, expedite legitimate travel and trade, ensure the integrity of the immigration system, and safeguard the personal privacy of visitors and immigrants.

Accenture LLP leads the Smart Border Alliance, which includes key members Raytheon, The Titan Corporation, and SRA International, Inc. The Smart Border Alliance, whose member companies employ more than 330,000 people in the United States, was selected following a highly competitive bid conducted by the Department of Homeland Security.

“Accenture and the other members of the Smart Border Alliance are fully committed to helping the Department of Homeland Security achieve its mission for the US-VISIT program,” said Stephen J. Rohleder, group chief executive of Accenture’s Government operating group. “The Smart Border Alliance will pursue an end vision for US-VISIT that is designed to provide innovative solutions to current entry/exit problems, modernize or replace existing computer systems, introduce new border-management processes, and implement a long-term strategy to help position DHS to address future challenges.”

The end vision for the Smart Border Alliance solution is built around the concept of a virtual border. The virtual border is designed to operate far beyond U.S. boundaries to help DHS assess the security risks of all U.S.-bound travelers and prevent potential threats from reaching U.S. borders. It helps DHS locate and remove U.S. travel violators without increasing waiting times at the border. Most important, the virtual border makes U.S. border inspectors the last line of defense, not the first, in identifying potential threats.

“We have assembled a strong team of highly qualified companies with significant border-management experience and the complex systems integration capabilities necessary to achieve the goals established by the Department of Homeland Security for the US-VISIT program,” said Eric Stange, managing partner of Accenture’s Defense and Homeland Security practice and overall program manager for US-VISIT.

The U.S. Congress has mandated that US-VISIT must be deployed at the top 50 U.S. land ports of entry by December 31, 2004. The Smart Border Alliance will be working closely with the Program Management Office to meet this deadline.

About Accenture Accenture LLP is the U.S.-based business of Accenture, the global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. With deep industry and business process expertise, broad global resources and a proven track record, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills, and technologies to help clients improve their performance. With approximately 90,000 people in 48 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$11.8 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2003. Its home page is www.accenture.com .

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The Biden-Harris Administration strongly supports the bipartisan agreement announced in the Senate that would address a number of pressing national security issues. President Biden has repeatedly said he is willing to work in a bipartisan way to secure the border and fix our broken immigration system. From his first day in office, he has called on Congress to act and over the course of several months, his administration has worked with a bipartisan group of Senators on important reforms and necessary funding. This agreement, if passed into law, would be the toughest and fairest set of reforms to secure the border we’ve had in decades. It will make our country safer, make our border more secure, and treat people fairly and humanely while preserving legal immigration, consistent with our values as a nation. This bipartisan national security agreement would also advance our national security interests by continuing our support for the people of Ukraine and Israel as they defend themselves against tyranny and terrorism while also providing much-needed humanitarian assistance to civilians affected by conflicts around the world. The Biden-Harris Administration calls on Congress to not delay and immediately pass the bipartisan national security agreement.   Provides Temporary Emergency Authority for the President to Shut Down the Border When the System is Overwhelmed

  • Establishes a new temporary authority, the “Border Emergency Authority,” that allows the President and Secretary of Homeland Security to temporarily prohibit individuals from seeking asylum, with limited exceptions, when the Southwest Border is overwhelmed. The authority preserves access to other protections, consistent with our international obligations, and will sunset after three years.
  • Importantly, this authority is to be used when the number of migrants encountered at the border reaches very high levels – levels that strain the U.S. government’s ability to process migrants.  Additionally, the authority is limited to a set number of days each calendar year – in the third year of implementation the authority may only be exercised for half of a given calendar year.
  • The United States is a country of refuge for those fleeing persecution. For that reason, the legislation requires asylum access be preserved for a minimum number of individuals per day, limited to those using a safe and orderly process at ports of entry, when the authority is invoked.

Expedites Access to Work Authorization for Hundreds of Thousands of Migrants

  • Ensures that those who are here and qualify are able to get to work faster. It provides work authorization to asylum seekers once they receive a positive protection screening determination. This will allow asylum seekers to begin to support themselves and their families in the United States much earlier than the current 180-day statutorily required waiting period, which only begins after an individual submits an asylum application.  This will also reduce the resource strain on our cities and states who have been supporting asylum seekers during this existing waiting period.
  • This bill provides work authorization to approximately 25,000 K-1, K-2, and K-3 nonimmigrant visa holders (fiancé or spouse and children of U.S. citizens) per year, and about 100,000 H-4 spouses and children of certain H-1B nonimmigrant visa holders who have completed immigrant petitions (temporary skilled workers) per year, so they no longer have to apply and wait for approval before they can begin working in the United States.

Establishes an Efficient and Fair Process for Consideration of Asylum and other Protection Claims by those arriving at our Southwest Border

  • Today, the process to get to a final decision on a migrant’s asylum claim can take 5-7 years.  That is far too long.  Once fully implemented, this bipartisan agreement would – for the first time – give the Administration the authority and resources to reduce that process to 6 months.  This gets people quick decisions on their asylum claims rather than leaving them and their families in limbo for years.
  • The agreement also for the first time gives Asylum Officers the authority to grant a claim at the protection screening stage if the case is clear and convincing, thereby reducing the strain on the asylum system.

Recalibrates the Asylum Screening Process

  • Moves consideration of statutory bars to asylum eligibility, such as criminal convictions, into the screening stage. This will ensure that those who pose a public safety or national security risk are removed as quickly in the process as possible rather than remaining in prolonged, costly detention prior to removal.
  • Modifies the screening threshold for asylum from “significant possibility” to “reasonable possibility,” with the goal of making it more likely that those who are screened in to pursue protection claims are ultimately found to have a valid asylum claim.  Currently, of all migrants screened in and allowed to go to the next phase, only roughly 20 percent are ultimately granted asylum. 

Provides Critical Funding for Combatting Smuggling and Drug Trafficking, Border Security, and Asylum Processing

  • Funds the installation of 100 cutting-edge inspection machines to help detect fentanyl at our Southwest Border ports of entry. 
  • Over 1,500 new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel including Border Patrol Agents and CBP Officers. 
  • Over 4,300 new Asylum Officers and additional U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services staff to facilitate timely and fair decisions. 
  • 100 new immigration judge teams to help reduce the asylum caseload backlog and adjudicate cases more quickly. 
  • Shelter and critical services for newcomers in our cities and states.  
  • 1,200 new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel for functions including enforcement and deportations. 
  • More resources to fund transportation needs to enable increased removals. 
  • Support to partner nations hosting large numbers of migrants and refugees, and funding to partner nations to ensure cooperation in accepting returns associated with the implementation of the Border Emergency Authority. 

Strengthens Federal Law Against Fentanyl Trafficking

  • Declares that international trafficking of fentanyl is a national emergency and gives the President authority to impose sanctions on any foreign person knowingly involved in significant trafficking of fentanyl by a transnational criminal organization.
  • Allows for transfer of sanctioned persons’ forfeited property to forfeiture funds and authorizes Treasury to impose additional restrictions against sanctioned persons upon a determination that their transactions are of primary money laundering concern.
  • Directs Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to issue guidance on filing suspicious transactions reports related to fentanyl trafficking by transnational criminal organizations.

Increases Lawful Pathways to Come to the United States

  • For the first time in over 30 years, raises the cap on the number of immigrant visas available annually by adding an additional 250,000 immigrant visas over 5 years (50,000/year).  160,000 of these visas will be family-based, and the other 90,000 will be employment-based.
  • These additional immigrant visas expand lawful pathways to the United States, prioritizing family reunification and reducing the time families have to spend apart, and get U.S. businesses access to additional workers.
  • Establishes a faster pathway to permanent status for the approximately 76,000 Afghan allies who entered the United States under Operation Allies Welcome and their families.

Promotes Family Unity and Stability for Noncitizens

  • Provides relief to over 250,000 individuals who came to the United States as children on their parents’ work visa.  These individuals have resided lawfully in the United States since they were children and have established lives here in the U.S but have since “aged out” of continuing to receive lawful status through their parents and have no other means of lawfully remaining in the United States with their families. Noncitizens who lived lawfully in the United States as a dependent child of an employment-based nonimmigrant for at least 8 years before turning 21 will be eligible to remain temporarily in the United States with work authorization.
  • In support of family unity, the bill makes clear that certain noncitizens can travel to the United States on a temporary visitor (B) visa to visit their family members.

Ensure the Humane and Fair Treatment of Those Seeking Asylum, Especially the Most Vulnerable 

  • Children should not be expected to represent themselves in a court – and this agreement will provide, for the first time, government-mandated and funded legal counsel for unaccompanied children age 13 or younger as they go through the process to seek asylum.  The bill would also provide counsel to particularly vulnerable, mentally incompetent adults.
  • Strengthens legal requirements that migrants always be provided with clear and accessible information about their rights, including their right to counsel.
  • Mandates that only trained Asylum Officers are permitted to conduct protection screenings.
  • Provides critically-needed military aid to help the people of Ukraine defend themselves against Russian aggression.  Russia continues to launch aerial assaults on Ukrainian cities and is actively attacking Ukrainian forces. 
  • Invests in our defense industrial base, supporting American jobs across our country, and produce weapons and equipment that the United States can send Ukraine to help Ukraine’s military protect its people, defend against Russian attacks, and succeed on the battlefield. 
  • Enables the United States to continue to send economic assistance to Ukraine. Putin has made destroying Ukraine’s economy central to his war strategy and boosting Ukraine’s economy is essential to its survival. If Ukraine’s economy collapses, they will not be able to keep fighting. This aid will help Ukraine pay its first responders, import basic goods, and provide essential services to its population. 
  • Authorizes the United States to provide additional military aid to help Israel defend itself from Hamas, which committed horrific acts of terror on October 7th, and whose leaders have pledged to repeat the attacks of October 7th over and over again until Israel is annihilated.  
  • The aid in this agreement will also help Israel replenish its air defenses and ensure it is prepared for any future contingencies. 
  • This includes its defense against Iran and groups backed by Iran, including Hezbollah. The funding in this agreement is essential to supporting Israel’s short- and long-term defense needs against a broad array of immediate and future threats.  

Humanitarian Aid:

  • Includes important humanitarian aid funding to help civilians in need around the world, whether it’s to address the spillover effects of Putin’s war and help Ukrainians who have been displaced by Russia’s invasion, or to help Palestinians in Gaza, where we are actively working to increase the flow of aid for Palestinian civilians who have nothing to do with Hamas.

Indo-Pacific:

  • Provides resources to help our allies and partners in the region build the capabilities necessary to address threats from an increasingly assertive PRC and to meet emerging challenges. It is critically important that we maintain our focus on the Indo-Pacific and preserve peace and stability. 

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming how we work. Machine learning (ML) and generative AI tools are improving operational efficiency and worker productivity in fields like finance, IT, sales, and marketing, among others.

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To better understand how AI skills are taught in classrooms and used to enhance learning, Amazon collaborated with Access Partnership to survey more than 400 sixth grade through university educators in four U.S. regions (Tennessee, Ohio, California, and Seattle). The study found that over 60% of teachers believe that having AI skills will be necessary for their students to obtain high-paying careers of the future.

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However, 69% of educators noted they lack the resources to teach the subject. Educators reported they need more teaching materials, including free teaching software, and more “train the trainer” programs to help students get ready for AI-enabled professions. Knowing there are potential benefits of using AI to enhance learning, AI skills courses are expected to become more available by roughly 1.5 times across surveyed U.S. schools in the next five years. Additionally, over 40% of educators expressed interest in receiving training on how to use AI-enabled curriculum research and development tools.

How Amazon can help students and educators prepare for AI-enabled careers

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According to additional research , three quarters of the employers who said hiring AI-skilled talent was a priority weren’t able to find the AI talent they need. Equipping students and working adults with foundational AI skills will help prepare them for a tech-enabled workforce and a variety of career possibilities most would otherwise not consider. Amazon helps educators and students explore career pathways and skillsets in a number of ways:

  • Funds high-quality STEM Curriculum & Teacher Training to help schools implement K-12 computer science initiatives and help educators build student awareness of career pathways and job readiness.
  • Awards Amazon Web Services (AWS) Generative AI Scholarships to more than 50,000 high school and university students globally to help them access the new Udacity course, Introducing Generative AI with AWS for free.
  • Offers the Careers of the Future Index , virtual class chats, career tours, and project-based learning modules through Amazon Future Engineer , our global philanthropic education program that helps students explore STEM through real-world experiences.

“AI is the world’s fastest growing technology, yet in our sample of U.S. regions, only 24% of surveyed education institutions incorporate some form of AI skills training as part of their curriculum,” said Victor Reinoso, global director of education philanthropy at Amazon. “Now is the time to inspire students through career exploration, providing both a window and mirror into to tech so they can not only learn about the variety of roles across our industry and others, but see themselves in careers of the future and develop the skills to pursue them.”

Top five AI-enabled career of the future predictions

For students and professionals trying to envision how AI skillsets might be leveraged in the next 15 years, Amazon partnered with Tracey Follows, CEO of Futuremade, to predict AI-enabled careers that could be on the horizon.

Some of roles have titles that today’s HR teams have yet to imagine—like “cosmic reality engineer”—and span from agriculture to health care to entertainment fields, requiring both industry knowledge and AI skills. Here are the top five AI-enabled careers:

Precision farming analyst: Adding AI from farm to table

AI jobs of the future

Agriculture has become an increasingly technical science, and these AI-trained analysts will further revolutionize the farming industry as they maximize yields, while being as efficient as possible with resources required for food production. AI models will help analysts predict and mitigate the impact of climate change as they assist with crop selection and the allocation of resources like water and fertilizers. AI will also integrate with robots that can plant and harvest, while also monitoring crops in real time.

Virtual tourism producer: Shaping the future of travel

AI jobs of the future

Imagine being able to plan a summer vacation with a virtual reality preview. Virtual tourism producers will create immersive virtual reality (VR) experiences using AI to showcase destinations and activities. They’ll curate and update VR content to highlight the latest news and cultural developments in different regions, while partnering with tourism boards to market travel experiences.

Artisanal restoration specialist: Making the old new again

AI jobs of the future

Craftspeople in the specialized field of artisanal restoration will leverage advanced AI systems to repair and restore luxury goods—from couture fashion to antique furniture. Specialists will use AI to identify and source original materials and assess the most effective techniques for each restoration to maintain the item’s original aesthetic, historical significance, and value.

Cosmic reality engineer: Bringing invisible galaxies into view

AI jobs of the future

These experts in the field of interstellar studies will harness human imagination and advanced AI skills to visualize the distant, and sometimes invisible, parts of the cosmos—from stars and planets to entire galaxies. With a deep understanding of astrophysics, cosmology, and astronomy, these engineers will contextualize AI-generated data and translate the abstract into visually stunning simulations that educate others about space.

AI nurse: At the intersection of empathy and analytics

AI jobs of the future

AI will play a big part in helping nurses and other medical professionals diagnose illnesses, monitor vital signs, and track medications and wellness plans for patients. Nursing has always demanded exceptional interpersonal skills and strong medical knowledge. But nurses of the future will also have familiarity with AI tools and data analytics to interpret AI-driven insights and translate complex analyses about diagnoses and treatment plans into language that patients can understand.

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“Now is the time to explore how next-gen technologies will create new roles and enhance existing job opportunities in the workforce of tomorrow and we will need people at every stage of the process,” said Follows. “These career predictions can help plant the seeds for innovation across every industry, including new career clusters and pathways that don’t exist today.”

Learn about Amazon’s AI Ready Commitment . For additional AI-enabled career predictions and more findings from the Accelerating AI Skills Through Education surveys, click below.

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A bipartisan team of lawmakers from Colorado and Utah are urging Congress to help safeguard the nation’s watersheds by considering a new bill aimed at expediting the cleanup of contamination caused by wildfires.

The Watershed Protection and Forest Recovery Act, co-sponsored by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), would accelerate watershed recovery efforts on federal land, while also protecting private property and water resources downstream.

Joining Bennet and Romney in supporting the legislation are Reps. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), Yadira Caraveo (D-Colo.), Celeste Maloy (R-Utah) and John Curtis (R-Utah).

“We need to make it easier for local water managers and the U.S. Forest Service to collaborate to restore the health of our watersheds following a natural disaster,” Bennet said in a statement.

Watershed recoveries from recent major wildfires, such as Colorado’s 2021 East Troublesome and Cameron Peak fires, have faced major slowdowns because the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) existing  Emergency Watershed Protection Program  applies only to nonfederal lands, the lawmakers explained.

Meanwhile, initiatives such as the Burned Area Response Program focus only on protecting federal assets and neglect drinking water supplies downstream.

The bipartisan legislation would therefore create a new Emergency Watershed Program — still within the USDA, but overseen by the U.S. Forest Service rather than the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Rather than providing technical and financial assistance only to local communities that are restoring watersheds on nonfederal property, the program would also extend such aid to federal forest areas.

The program would harness a dedicated funding source to rehabilitate resources located within U.S. Forest Service land, as well as those on private property downstream, in the aftermath of a wildfire, according to the lawmakers.

“Over the last several years in Utah, we have seen the need for a program to streamline the funding process that restores water resources on U.S. Forest Service land,” Romney said in a statement.

The Utah senator cited “major obstacles” encountered following the Dollar Ridge Fire in 2018, when the Central Utah Water Conservancy District sought to repair its facilities. 

“I’m pleased to team up with my colleagues to introduce the Watershed Protection and Forest Recovery Act to help our communities more efficiently recover from wildfires,” Romney added.

In addition to revamping the Emergency Watershed Program, the bill would authorize specific measures — such as soil-erosion prevention, flood mitigation and runoff retardation — following the sudden impairment of resources on national forest land.

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  2. 7 Reasons Why You Should Join the US Exchange Visitor Program

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  3. US-VISIT: Biometrics Are Here to Stay

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  4. GAO BORDER SECURITY US-VISIT Program Faces Strategic

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  5. OBIM: Entry and Exit System

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  1. PDF US-VISIT, Biometrics and You Protecting Your Privacy

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's US-VISIT program provides U.S. visa-issuing posts and ports of entry with the biometric technology that enables the U.S. government to establish and verify your identity when you visit the United States. Immigration oficials use this information to help them make visa-issuance and admission decisions.

  2. DHS

    US-VISIT consists of representatives from the various components of DHS responsible for border security, including the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

  3. The Implementation of US-VISIT

    US-VISIT, the new biometrics-based border inspections program, has proven its value in enhancing U.S. security; so far enabling border and consular officials to intercept the entry of thousands of terrorists, criminals, and other ineligible foreign visitors.

  4. A Look at the Goals and Challenges of the US-VISIT Program

    The United States Visitor Immigration Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program is one of the most important and ambitious immigration program enhancements ever undertaken.

  5. US-VISIT Is Now the Office of Biometric Identity Management (and That's

    The Department of Justice and state and local law enforcement use US-VISIT's services to ensure that they have accurate immigration information about individuals they arrest, and interoperability exists between US-VISIT's Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT) and the FBI's Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS...

  6. US-Visit Program

    The US Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program provides visa-issuing posts and ports of entry with the biometric technology that enables the US government to establish and verify the identity of foreign nationals who apply for visas and enter the US.

  7. Office of Biometric Identity Management

    The U.S. government states that the purpose of US-VISIT is to advance the security of both the United States and worldwide travel, through the use and sharing of biometric information for identity management.

  8. Biometric Procedures for US Visa and Entry

    Under the OBIM (previously US-VISIT) program, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) collects fingerprints and digital photographs of most non-US citizens while getting the US visa and also while entering the US. OBIM provides biometric identification services to federal, state, and local government decision-makers.

  9. Evolution of the US-VISIT Program

    Travelers entering the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program, which permits citizens from certain countries to enter the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa, are also subject to the biometric ...

  10. Homeland Security: Key US-VISIT Components at Varying Stages of

    The Secretary of Homeland Security should direct the Undersecretary for National Protection and Programs to have the US-VISIT Program Director develop and maintain an integrated master schedule for the Comprehensive Exit project in accordance with the nine practices discussed in this report. Closed - Implemented In March 2013, pursuant to the ...

  11. Accenture Awarded Biometric Identity System Contract from U.S

    The contract supports the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program, a biometric and biographic identity management system that helps federal, state and local officials determine if travelers can legally enter or remain in the United States.

  12. Intro To Policing Chapter 15 Exam Flashcards

    The US-VISIT program helps to: a. secure U.S. borders by facilitating legitimate travel and trade b. detect immigrants who are in the United States illegally and who might be terrorists c. make airline travel safe through increased security measures d. secure U.S. borders through a military presence at shipping ports

  13. US-VISIT: Homeland Security

    Annotation. This document describes the arrival and departure procedures of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's "US-VISIT" program, which is designed to enhance the Nation's entry and exit system by effectively verifying the identity of incoming visitors and confirming compliance with visa and immigration policies.

  14. Visit the United States

    Visit the United States The Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State work together to create and maintain an effective, efficient visa process that secures America's borders from external threats and ensures that our country remains open to legitimate travel.

  15. Visit the U.S.

    Visit the U.S. Generally, if you want to visit ( and not live in) the United States you must first obtain a visitor visa. Travelers from certain countries may be exempt from this requirement. For more information, please see the U.S. Department of State website. If you want to travel to the United States for reasons other than business or ...

  16. PDF Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT)

    Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program is publishing this privacy impact assessment (PIA) update for the Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT) to describe the changes ... services helps to efficiently establish an individual's unique identity primarily during an immigration and border management encounter (e.g., border ...

  17. US-VISIT Program Challenged By Technical and Privacy Concerns

    Paperback 86 pages. $15.00. $12.00 20% Web Discount. In January 2004, spurred by the events of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security inaugurated a new system for the tracking of foreign visitors at ports of entry to the United States: the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program.

  18. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Awards Accenture-Led Smart Border

    Smart Border Alliance to Help Design and Deploy New US-VISIT System at U.S. Air, Land and Sea Ports of Entry. WASHINGTON; June 1, 2004 - The Accenture-led Smart Border Alliance has been selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to design and implement the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program.

  19. Visit the U.S. as a tourist

    The Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for up to 90 days without a visa. How to apply for or renew a U.S. tourist visa If you visit the U.S. for tourism or business, you may need a visitor visa, also known as a tourist visa.

  20. CRJ175 Week 5 Chapter 15 Quiz Flashcards

    The US-VISIT program helps to _____. secure U.S. borders by facilitating legitimate travel and trade Employees of which agency have the dual mission of protecting the nation's leaders and investigating crimes in specialized fields such as information technology?

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    #2 The answer is correct!!! Jump to: The US-VISIT program helps to: a. secure U.S. borders by facilitating legitimate travel and trade. b. detect immigrants who are in the United States illegally and who might be terrorists. c. make airline travel safe through increased security measures. d.

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    By Jonathan Austin, Army News Service February 1, 2024. WASHINGTON — Training and guidance on financial concerns is delivered worldwide in the Army through the Financial Readiness Program, which ...

  23. FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Calls on Congress to

    The United States is a country of refuge for those fleeing persecution. ... the bill makes clear that certain noncitizens can travel to the United States on a temporary visitor (B) visa to visit ...

  24. Texas Republicans who opposed vouchers face primary attacks

    A national pro-voucher group, the School Freedom Fund, is launching a $1.15 million TV ad blitz across eight primaries Wednesday, part of a major ramp-up by Abbott's allies on the issue. Another ...

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    How Amazon can help students and educators prepare for AI-enabled careers. Amazon aims to provide free AI skills training to 2 million people by 2025 with its new 'AI Ready' commitment. Amazon's AI Ready initiative comes as new AWS study finds strong demand for AI talent and the potential for workers with AI skills to earn up to 47% more ...

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  27. The US-VISIT Program Helps to

    The US-VISIT program helps to ________. A)secure U.S.borders by facilitating legitimate travel and trade B)detect immigrants who are in the United States illegally and who might be terrorists C)make airline travel safe through increased security measures D)secure U.S.borders through a military presence at shipping ports

  28. Western US lawmakers push to protect watersheds from impacts of

    A bipartisan team of lawmakers from Colorado and Utah are urging Congress to help safeguard the nation's watersheds by considering a new bill aimed at expediting the cleanup of contamination ...