Privacy Impact Assessment for the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) Program: Comprehensive Exit Program: Air Exit Pilot   [open pdf - 177KB]

"The United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) Program is implementing a new pilot phase of a comprehensive exit program for integrating non-U.S. citizen departure with existing arrival information. The Exit Program requires the collection of minimal biometric and biographic data from covered aliens, enabling US-VISIT Entry/Exit matching, identity verification, and cross-checking against a list of subjects of interest. This Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) is conducted because US-VISIT collects personally identifiable information on non-U.S. citizens. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) created the US-VISIT Program to implement a biometric entry and exit system. In 2004, US-VISIT took its first step toward meeting this objective by deploying biometric collection capabilities at ports of entry (POEs) concurrent with the deployment by the Department of State of biometric collection capabilities at visa-issuing posts. The records stored by US-VISIT are primarily composed of data about foreign nationals who have legally entered or applied to enter the United States. As the system owner of these records, US-VISIT is in a unique position to biometrically identify people with unprecedented accuracy and to provide authorized officials with information about these individuals that might warrant further action. US-VISIT's capabilities support a broad range of Federal, State, and local government agencies that make a variety of risk and eligibility decisions related to the issuance of visas; admissibility to the United States (U.S.); adjudication of immigration benefits; matters of national security; law enforcement actions; intelligence and trend analysis; and the issuance of credentials (i.e., determining if an individual should be granted access to a critical facility or sensitive system)."

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