9 FAM 303.7

(U) Fingerprinting

(CT:VISA-574;   04-17-2018)
(Office of Origin:  CA/VO/L/R)

9 FAM 303.7-1  (U) Related Statutory and regulatory Authorities

9 FAM 303.7-1(A)  (U) Public Laws

(CT:VISA-1;   11-18-2015)

(U) Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002, section 303 of Public Law 107-173; Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995, section 140(c) of Public Law 103-236.

9 FAM 303.7-1(B)  (U) United States Code

(CT:VISA-1;   11-18-2015)

(U) 8 U.S.C. 1732.

9 FAM 303.7-2  (U) Meeting the Legal Requirements for Fingerprinting

(CT:VISA-361;   05-02-2017)

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9 FAM 303.7-3  (U) Fingerprint Databases

9 FAM 303.7-3(A)  (U) Overview of the Automated Biometric Identification (IDENT) System

(CT:VISA-2;   11-18-2015)

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9 FAM 303.7-3(B)  (U) Which Databases Are Searched After Prints Are Submitted?

(CT:VISA-2;   11-18-2015)

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9 FAM 303.7-3(B)(1)  (U) The Full Gallery IDENT Database 

(CT:VISA-550;   03-29-2018)

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9 FAM 303.7-3(B)(2)  (U) The IDENT Watchlist 

(CT:VISA-2;   11-18-2015)

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9 FAM 303.7-3(B)(3)  (U) IDENT Search Results

(CT:VISA-2;   11-18-2015)

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9 FAM 303.7-3(B)(4)  (U) IDENT Questions

(CT:VISA-217;   10-19-2016)

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9 FAM 303.7-3(C)  (U) Maintaining and Using IDENT Records

9 FAM 303.7-3(C)(1)  (U) Removing Incorrect Entry or Exit Information

(CT:VISA-217;   10-19-2016)

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9 FAM 303.7-3(C)(2)  (U) The IDENT Watchlist Database

(CT:VISA-550;   03-29-2018)

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9 FAM 303.7-4  (U) Who is subject to Fingerprint Requirements?

9 FAM 303.7-4(A)  (U) Fingerprints Required

(CT:VISA-361;   05-02-2017)

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9 FAM 303.7-4(B)  (U) Exemptions to and Waivers of the Fingerprinting Requirement

9 FAM 303.7-4(B)(1)  (U) Exempted Classes

(CT:VISA-270;   12-14-2016)

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c.  (U) Officials Representing Unrecognized Governments and United Nations (UN) Missions:

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9 FAM 303.7-4(B)(2)  (U) Fingerprint Waivers

(CT:VISA-217;   10-19-2016)

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9 FAM 303.7-4(B)(3)  (U) Chief of Mission (COM) Waiver Authority

(CT:VISA-435;   08-11-2017)

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9 FAM 303.7-4(C)  (U) Procedure for Waiving Fingerprinting

(CT:VISA-2;   11-18-2015)

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9 FAM 303.7-5  (U) Collecting Fingerprints

(CT:VISA-2;   11-18-2015)

(U) It is important for the visa chief at each post to remind personnel taking fingerprints to follow closely the instructions in the online training course entitled "Fingerprint Quality for TPLS," which is located under the Biometrics tab in the Consular Application Training Center on CAWeb. 

9 FAM 303.7-5(A)  (U) Implementing Ten-Print Collection

(CT:VISA-1;   11-18-2015)

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9 FAM 303.7-5(A)(1)  (U) Locally Employed Staff (LE Staff) Collection, Officer Verification

(CT:VISA-88;   03-09-2016)

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9 FAM 303.7-5(A)(2)  (U) Locally Employed Staff (LE Staff) Collection or Contractor Collection at Offsite, Verification by IDENT

(CT:VISA-217;   10-19-2016)

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9 FAM 303.7-5(A)(3)  (U) Fingerprint Collection by Cleared American Employees

(CT:VISA-88;   03-09-2016)

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9 FAM 303.7-5(B)  (U) Fingerprint Capture Procedures

(CT:VISA-2;   11-18-2015)

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9 FAM 303.7-5(B)(1)  (U) Correct Fingerprint Segmentation

(CT:VISA-1;   11-18-2015)

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9 FAM 303.7-5(B)(2)  (U) Finger Placement

(CT:VISA-88;   03-09-2016)

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9 FAM 303.7-5(B)(3)  (U) Thumb Placement

(CT:VISA-88;   03-09-2016)

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9 FAM 303.7-5(B)(4)  (U) Common Fingerprinting Problems

(CT:VISA-88;   03-09-2016)

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9 FAM 303.7-5(B)(5)  (U) Fingerprint Reuse

(CT:VISA-361;   05-02-2017)

(U) The following are criteria for fingerprint reuse:

(1)  (U) The applicant has had all ten fingerprints previously captured for a visa that was issued;

(2)  (U) The visa that was issued has not been revoked;

(3)  (U) The visa being applied for is the same visa class category as the previous visa, except for visa classes starting with B, which will be matched on the first letter of the visa class only;

(4)  (U) The same name (or alias), date of birth, nationality, and place of birth are on both applications.

9 FAM 303.7-6  (U) Processing Automated Biometric Identification (IDENT) System Results

(CT:VISA-1;   11-18-2015)

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9 FAM 303.7-6(A)  (U) Interpreting IDENT Results

9 FAM 303.7-6(A)(1)  (U) IDENT Clearance Status Codes

(CT:VISA-88;   03-09-2016)

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9 FAM 303.7-6(A)(2)  (U) IDENT Response Codes

(CT:VISA-2;   11-18-2015)

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9 FAM 303.7-6(A)(3)  (U) IDENT Encounter Types

(CT:VISA-550;   03-29-2018)

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9 FAM 303.7-6(B)  (U) Resolving Problems with IDENT Returns

9 FAM 303.7-6(B)(1)  (U) Data Mismatches

(CT:VISA-217;   10-19-2016)

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9 FAM 303.7-6(B)(2)  (U) Requesting a Second Review of an IDENT Hit

(CT:VISA-217;   10-19-2016)

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9 FAM 303.7-6(B)(3)  (U) Requesting a Second Review of an IDENT Miss

(CT:VISA-217;   10-19-2016)

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9 FAM 303.7-6(C)  (U) Processing IDENT Watchlist Hits

9 FAM 303.7-6(C)(1)  (U) Clearing  (IDENT) Watchlist Promotes from the System Messages Window

(CT:VISA-361;   05-02-2017)

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9 FAM 303.7-6(C)(2)  (U) Clearing (IDENT) Watchlist Promotes from the System Messages Window in IVO

(CT:VISA-2;   11-18-2015)

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9 FAM 303.7-6(C)(3)  (U) Watchlist Entries

(CT:VISA-459;   10-16-2017)

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9 FAM 303.7-6(D)  (U) Processing Applicants of Active Interest to Law Enforcement

(CT:VISA-361;   05-02-2017)

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9 FAM 303.7-6(D)(1)  (U) Processing of Violent Gang (VG) CLASS Hits

(CT:VISA-2;   11-18-2015)

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9 FAM 303.7-6(D)(2)  (U) Processing Deported Felon Cases

(CT:VISA-88;   03-09-2016)

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9 FAM 303.7-7  (U) Adjudicating IDENT Hits

(CT:VISA-2;   11-18-2015)

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9 FAM 303.7-7(A)  (U) Reviewing Hits in the Systems

(CT:VISA-2;   11-18-2015)

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9 FAM 303.7-7(B)  (U) Visa Lookout Accountability Policy for IDENT

(CT:VISA-2;   11-18-2015)

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9 FAM 303.7-8  (U) Fingerprint Services for Other Offices and Agencies 

9 FAM 303.7-8(A)  (U) Obtaining Fingerprints From IDENT

(CT:VISA-217;   10-19-2016)

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9 FAM 303.7-8(B)  (U) Fingerprint Services for Other Agencies

(CT:VISA-2;   11-18-2015) 

a. (U) In countries where there is no Department of Defense or Department of Homeland Security presence, consular officers should provide fingerprint services for residents in their district applying for expeditious naturalization or adoption.  (See 9 FAM 602.2-2(A)(1).)

b. (U) Do not use the nonimmigrant visa (NIV) or immigrant visa overseas (IVO) systems to collect or check fingerprints electronically for DHS services.  Instead, collect ink prints using the Fingerprint Card (Form FD-258).

9 FAM 303.7-9  (U) The Next Generation Identification (NGI) Fingerprint System

(CT:VISA-2;   11-18-2015)

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9 FAM 303.7-9(A)  (U) How to Process Next Generation Identification (NGI) Results - Adverse and Not Adverse

(CT:VISA-2;   11-18-2015)

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9 FAM 303.7-9(B)  (U) Foreign Partner Records in NGI

(CT:VISA-88;   03-09-2016)

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9 FAM 303.7-9(C)  (U) Procedures for Fingerprinting Error Messages From Next Generation Identification (NGI) System

(CT:VISA-361;   05-02-2017)

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9 FAM 303.7-9(D)  (U) Special NGI Procedures

(CT:VISA-574;   04-17-2018)

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c.  (U) Validity Period of FBI Fingerprint Checks for IV Cases:  There is no fixed expiration date on an NGI (IAFIS) check once it has been completed.  If the IV applicant has never been to the United States, the check need never be done again.  Officers should exercise judgment on any clearance that is more than 1 year old.  If the officer has reason to believe the applicant was in the United States since the NGI clearance, the officer should update the clearance.  Officers should use discretion and any available evidence at hand in determining whether to resubmit the fingerprints to NGI before immigrant visa issuance.

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e. (U) Applicants Who Question the National Crime Information Center Record:

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