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.
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.