On February 1, 2008, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it began collecting additional fingerprints from international visitors at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, George Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. For many years, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) has collected two digital fingerprints and photographs from all nonimmigrants between the ages of 14 and 79 as part of the US-VISIT program. The change from two to ten fingerprint collection was prompted by security issues. The DHS believes that ten fingerprints collection enables immigration officers to more accurately verify the identity of visitors to the United States and compare.

In a previous update, we reported that the ten fingerprint collection had already commenced at Washington Dulles International Airport. In the near future. The DHS will require the following five additional airports to implement the new fingerprint collection procedures: San Francisco International Airport, Miami International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Orlando International Airport, and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The DHS expects that the remaining airports and seaports of entry will transition to collection ten fingerprints by the end of 2008.