Travel Advisory– Fingerprints, Biometrics, Lookouts, and More
Customs and Border protection (CBP) databases may maintain alien fingerprint/biometric
information that is now being collected at points of inspection. All Visa
Waiver (VW) aliens, all Non Immigrants, all immigrants (LPR/Green Card
holders) are finger printed. Visa exempt aliens are not finger printed,
such as Canadians, diplomats an others. This process initially began in
2005 at selective ports for non-immigrant visa holders. In 2007, CBP began
collecting a full set of fingerprints (10 prints) at select ports and
as of September 30, 2013, all U.S. ports collect 10-prints from international
travelers holding a non-U.S. passport or non-immigrant visa.
This occurs at all ports of entry. The process consists of a photograph
and 10 finger prints. Information is entered into IDENT, which is managed
by the Office of Biometric Identity Management, formerly known as U.S.
Visit. This information is shared with other federal state and local law
enforcement agencies through the Biometric Support Center.
At the ports of entry a CBP officer may use a Primary Lookout Override
("PLOR") anytime there are false matches at ports of entry.
If you have an issue because of PLOR please be aware there is no formal
mechanism for requesting a PLOR, as this should be done by supervisor
for passenger services. Passengers or travelers experiencing problems
should initiate an inquiry under DHS Trip at
In many situations, particularly adjustment of status, aliens are required
to prove that they have not violated their status or overstayed during
previous visits. Previously foreign nationals have relied heavily upon
printed I-94 cards. The new electronic I-94 program present a problem,
when, for example, an L-1 alien has traveled in and out often for business
and they don't print the electronic I-94 cards upon each return. These
alien may later seek to adjust their status and have the burden to prove
maintenance of status but are unable access the online I-94 cards.
The on line I-94 records are available until the alien departs or until
his period of authorized stay expires. The passport admission stamps should
contain the class of admission and date of expiration. At times CBP is
having a problem with the I-94 automation where the information is not
present in the website and obtaining a copy of the I-94 or file number
weeks after entry are not present. These individuals are being referred
to deferred inspection and are not able to see a CBP officer. There is
no automated system for requesting appointments. Passengers should call
their deferred inspection site for an appointment.