DHS Scraps Expanded Biometric Data Collection from Visa Seekers

May 7, 2021, 2:01 PM

The Department of Homeland Security has withdrawn a Trump administration regulation that would have significantly expanded biometric requirements for individuals seeking immigration benefits, including collecting DNA from U.S. citizens.

DHS, in a notice released Friday, said that the decision was based on its review of comments received after the proposed rule was published last year.

“Many commenters stated that the rule was overly broad, highly invasive, and would impose excessive monetary costs on applicants and result in administrative delays in adjudicating immigration benefit requests that are already subjected to backlogs and long waits,” the agency said.

The review was part ...

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