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Department of State Expands Fingerprinting and Name Checks

The Department of State has issued a final rule (PDF) on documentation of nonimmigrants entering the U.S. Specifically, the Department has begun performing fingerprint and name checks on all visa applicants except those falling within a narrow range of exceptions.

Fingerprints are now required of all visa applicants except those under the age of 14 or over the age of 79 and certain diplomats and officials. Beginning on January 1, 2008, the cost of such checks is included in visa fees, including the fees for nonimmigrant visas.

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