Recently, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it has withdrawn a proposal regarding the biometrics process. Because biometrics is such an important aspect of the immigration process, it is important to be kept up to date. Read on to learn more about the proposal, why it was withdrawn, and what you need to know about biometrics.

What is Biometrics?

Biometrics is a major part of the immigration process. It refers to the collection of important data, such as fingerprints, photographs and/or signatures. This information is used to conduct background and security checks, among other things.

What was the New Rule?

In 2020, the Department of Homeland Security proposed a new rule. According to DHS, the new rule would have expanded department authorities and requirements for collecting biometrics by removing age restrictions. Additionally, they would require the submission of biometrics for every applicant, petitioner, sponsor, beneficiary, or other individual filing for, or associated with, any immigration or naturalization benefit. They were also looking to codify the authority to use DNA test results. Recently, these suggestions have been withdrawn.

Why has the Rule Been Withdrawn?

The new rule has been withdrawn because the Department of Homeland Security is working to reduce barriers and any undue burdens to the immigration system. This is especially important as DHS saw a major delay in biometrics appointments due to COVID-19, halting the immigration process for millions of people.

Is Biometrics Still Needed?

While DHS has withdrawn the proposal, they will not be stopping the submission of biometrics. According to, “DHS 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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