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US withdraws proposed biometrics rule for immigration

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Biometrics rule for immigration: The US government on Friday pulled out a Donald Trump-era proposal. That looked to collect the biometric details of each candidate under immigration and naturalization benefits.

In a proclamation, the Department of Homeland Security said the withdrawal of the proposed rule was reliable. With the Executive Order signed by President Joe Biden, in regards to reestablishing faith in the legal immigration system.

According to the proposed rule, which was notified in the Federal Register on 11th September 2020. During Donald Trump’s term as president, any candidate, petitioner, sponsor, beneficiary, or individual filing or associated with an immigration benefit or request. Including US citizens, should appear for biometrics collection without regard to age.

US withdraws proposed biometrics rule

Also, the DHS had proposed to authorize the biometric collection, without regard to age, upon the arrest of an illegal immigrant.

The formal announcement denying the biometrics rule comes days after US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that starting 17th May 2021. It will suspend biometrics requirements for H-4, L-2, and certain E nonimmigrant categories.

[Student visa holders whose classes begin from August 1 can enter the US]

Such a move was invited by an enormous number of Indian-Americans who were affected by the biometrics requirement.

The DHS said it will continue to require submission of biometrics. Where appropriate and remains committed to national security, identity management, fraud prevention, and program integrity.

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