The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a pilot program for the development of the US-VISIT exit procedures for international travelers. The program started on May 28, 2009 and is expected to run until early July at two U.S. ports of entry -- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. Non-U.S. citizens who are leaving the United States from one of these airports should expect to submit biometrics consisting of one or more digitally submitted fingerprints before boarding their plane. The purpose of the program is to assist in the development of standard procedures to allow DHS to "determine faster and more accurately whether non-U.S. citizens have departed the United States on time or remained in the country illegally."

US-VISIT provides biometric identification services to federal, state and local agencies. With limited exemptions, US-VISIT currently applies to all international visitors who enter the United States, including Visa Waiver Program travelers. US-VISIT does not apply to U.S. citizens. For more information on US-VISIT click here.