The DHS recently announced that upgraded biometric technology is now active at most major U.S. ports-of-entry. DHS stated that most international visitors should expect to use the new technology when they enter the United States. This new technology includes taking ten fingerprints (instead of two) from most international visitors as part of the U.S. VISIT program. As discussed in our Immigration Update dated December 22, 2008, the U.S. VISIT program was also recently expanded to include lawful permanent resident. DHS stated that collecting ten fingerprints increases fingerprint matching accuracy and reduces the possibility that the system will misidentify a foreign national. Additionally, it increases DHS’ capability to check foreign nationals’ fingerprints against criminal and terrorist databases. DHS stated that the upgrade is a result of an interagency partnership among DHS, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS).