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Why the US move to collect an array of biometric data from those seeking American citizenship

The Donald Trump administration’s proposed regulation to expand biometric processing for immigrants seeking US citizenship, including children, will be open to the American public for comments starting today, September 11.

The US government is proposing to widen biometric collection beyond fingerprints, photographs and signatures to include DNA, iris scans and voice and palm prints, among other things. It also wants to collect these data from more people, including employers and family members sponsoring an immigrant.

Currently, children below 14 years of age are exempt from providing biometrics. The new rules will include them as well.

The public will have 30 days to comment on the proposed rules and 60 days to comment on the new US Citizenship and Immigration Services forms with the biometric requirements.


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