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Office of Biometric Identity Management Enrollment Requirements

The Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), formerly US-VISIT, currently applies to all international visitors (with limited exemptions) entering the United States. This includes visitors traveling under the Visa Waiver Program. US-VISIT does not apply to U.S. citizens.

OBIM Exceptions

Exceptions for OBIM include:

  • Visitors admitted on an A-1, A-2, C-3, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1, NATO-2, NATO-3, NATO-4, NATO-5, or NATO-6 visa
  • Children under the age of 14
  • Persons over the age of 79
  • Classes of visitors the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security jointly determine shall be exempt
  • An individual visitor the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Director of Central Intelligence Agency jointly determine shall be exempt
  • Taiwan officials who hold E-1 visas and members of their immediate families who hold E-1 visas.
  • Applicability to Canadian citizens
  • Applicability to Mexican citizens

 

These exceptions are published in the Federal Register, which can be viewed below:

 

In January of 2009, OBIM procedures were expanded to additional non-U.S. citizens. Review the fact sheet to learn more.

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