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The U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) is an immigration and border management system used by the United States Department of Homeland Security. It collects and maintains information on foreign nationals on U.S. soil, which includes information like biometric identifiers acquired by partner agencies. The system is based around the collection and analysis of unique identification features of individuals through biometric scanning such as fingerprint and retina scanning, as well as digital photography analysis for facial recognition. This data is used to correlate the identity of visitors with known terrorists and criminals and to make sure that the person is actually the owner of the supplied visa.
The main agenda of the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology is to support the Department of Homeland Security in protecting the nation through the provision of biometric identification services to help local, state, and federal government decision makers accurately identify visitors and any others who may pose a threat to national security. The US-VISIT has the technology to collect and store biometric data and then provide accurate analysis and data management, ensuring integrity of the data.
Its vision is to achieve a more secure nation through the use of advanced biometric identification, analysis, and information sharing. The program is guided by the following principles:
· To facilitate safe and legitimate trade and travel
· To protect the privacy of all visitors
· To enhance the security of visitors as well as citizens
· To ensure the integrity of the immigration system