Analysis

Attys Fear Longer Visa Wait Times With New Biometrics Rule

Law360 (September 9, 2020, 10:26 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's proposal to expand the collection of biometrics from immigrants and their American sponsors threatens to drag out immigration application processing, even as visa wait times spike and the immigration agency risks furloughs.

The proposal, released Friday night, would allow U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to collect more types of biometric data from immigrants — including iris scans and facial recognition — from more people, including U.S. citizen sponsors and children.

But with processing times already slowing down amid the coronavirus pandemic and a growing application backlog due in part to USCIS' increased scrutiny of visa requests,...

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