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Biometric Data Will Be Collected At Immigration Offices Starting In May

TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Sebastien Blanc A photo taken on September 8, 2012 shows a fingerprint reader collecting biometric da
TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Sebastien Blanc A photo taken on September 8, 2012 shows a fingerprint reader collecting biometric data for a mobile passport-making machine at the French embassy in Beijing. The Minister responsible for French nationals abroad in Beijing has launched a mobile device for collecting biometric data, to facilitate the process of applying for passports to those who live far from their consulate. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/GettyImages)

Beginning in May, going to federal immigration offices will feel more like going through an airport security system.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the arm of Homeland Security that handles such things as naturalization and permanent residency, or “green cards,” announced Monday that next month it would implement the Customer Identity Verification, or CIV, at its field offices.

The new system will require people to submit biometric data such as fingerprints and photographs, as well as government-issued documentation, when going to immigration offices to conduct business.

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