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DHS/USCBP RIN: 1651-AB12 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: Collection of Biometric Data From Noncitizens Upon Entry To and Exit From the United States 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is required by statute to develop and implement an integrated, automated entry and exit data system to match records, including biographic data and biometrics of noncitizens entering and departing the United States. Although the current regulations provide that DHS may require certain noncitizens to provide biometrics when entering and departing the United States, they only authorize DHS to collect biometrics from certain noncitizens upon departure under pilot programs at land ports and at up to 15 airports and seaports. To provide the legal framework for CBP to begin a comprehensive biometric entry-exit system, DHS is amending the regulations to remove the references to pilot programs and the port limitation. In addition, to enable CBP to make the process for verifying the identity of noncitizens more efficient, accurate, and secure by using facial recognition technology, DHS is amending the regulations to provide that all noncitizens may be required to be photographed upon entry and/or departure.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: Private Sector 
CFR Citation: 19 CFR 215.8    19 CFR 235.1   
Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1365a and 1365b   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/19/2020  85 FR 74162   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/21/2020 
NPRM Comment Period Reopened  02/10/2021  86 FR 8878   
NPRM Comment Period Reopened End  03/12/2021 
Final Rule  01/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: State 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Ashley Ortiz
Management and Program Analyst
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20229
Phone:202 412-7332