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DHS/USCIS RIN: 1615-AC14 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: Collection and Use of Biometrics by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  

On September 11, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed to update its regulations to eliminate multiple references to specific biometric types, and to allow for the expansion of the types of biometrics required to establish and verify an identity. DHS also proposed to modify age restrictions where they exist to detect, deter, or prevent human trafficking of children; establish consistent identity enrollment and verification policies and processes; and align U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) biometric collection with other immigration operations. The DHS proposal also provided a definition to the public on the term biometric and how biometrics will be used in the immigration process. DHS is withdrawing the NPRM published on September 11, 2020. DHS remains committed to ensuring national security, fraud prevention and program integrity. DHS will look to pursue future rulemaking that balances those commitments while also ensuring sufficient privacy protections, civil liberty protections, and without hindering access to the immigration system.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 1    8 CFR 103    8 CFR 204    8 CFR 207 to 210    8 CFR 212    8 CFR 214    8 CFR 216    8 CFR 235 and 236    8 CFR 240    8 CFR 244    8 CFR 245 and 245(a)    8 CFR 264    8 CFR 287    8 CFR 316    8 CFR 333    8 CFR 335   
Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1103(a)    8. U.S.C. 1444 to 1446    8 U.S.C. 1365a and 1365b    8 U.S.C. 1304(a)    Pub. L. 107-56    Pub. L. 107-173    Pub. L. 109-248, sec. 402(a) and 402(b)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/11/2020  85 FR 56338   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/13/2020 
Notice of Withdrawal  05/10/2021  86 FR 24750   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Steven P. Kvortek
Acting Division Chief, Security and Public Safety Division, Office of Policy and Strategy
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
5900 Capital Gateway Drive, Suite 4S190,
Camp Springs, MD 20588-0009
Phone:202 721-3000