VFS Global launches mobile biometrics collection service for UK visa applicants in India

VFS Global and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have introduced an “On Demand Mobile Biometrics” service for UK visa applicants in India. The concierge style service is designed specifically for those who want their visa application process to take place in the comfort of their home, office, hotel room or any other location of choice, subject to risk assessment. According to a report by Business Standard, the on-demand service costs just over $1000 USD or about Rs 70,000 for up

VFS Global launches mobile biometrics collection service for UK visa applicants in Qatar

VFS Global has introduced an “On Demand Mobile Biometrics” service for UK visa applicants in Qatar, Saudi Arabia. The ‘concierge style’ service is designed specifically for those who want their visa application process to take place in the comfort of their home, office, hotel room or any other location of choice. According to a report by the Saudi Gazette, VFS Global will send a small team to the applicant’s location to complete the biometric enrollment process which includes taking fingerprints

Peru to issue 1.6M biometric passports over next three years

Over the next three years, Peru’s National Superintendent of Migrations and Foreign Affairs Ministry will issue 1.6 million biometric passports, according to a report by Andina, allowing Peruvian citizens to enter the Eurozone without a visa for up to 90 days. The National Superintendent of Migrations will issue 1.2 million and the Foreign Affairs Ministry will issue 400,000 of the electronic documents, including 20,000 diplomatic passports. The Foreign Affairs Ministry overseas expect to issue 80,000 biometric passports this year starting

CBP trialing biometric technology by Iris ID at US Mexico border crossing

Iris ID is participating in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) project that is testing biometric solutions to identify certain non-U.S. citizens entering and exiting the country through pedestrian lanes at the Otay Mesa port of entry in Southern California. The six-month pilot is being conducted at one of the busiest U.S.-Mexico land border entries with between 8,000 and 9,000 pedestrians crossing northbound daily. The pilot project is designed to meet recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and Congressional mandates.

U.S. updates visa waiver program with new biometric capabilities

The Obama administration has made some key changes to the visa waiver program (VWP), including more effective tracking of past travel, fines for any airlines that fail to verify passport information, and helping other countries screen refugees and offer border security, according to a report by NPR. The program allows registered travelers from 38 participating countries including France, Belgium and other European countries, to travel to the U.S. without a visa. The past couple of months have brought promising reports

South Africa to introduce biometrics collection at its airports

In a reversal of policy, South Africa will collect visitor biometrics at its airports and accept visa requests by mail, in an effort to reverse a significant drop in the number of tourists over the past year, according to a report by Bloomberg Business. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe announced the new revisions to the previous travel restrictions introduced by the Home Affairs Ministry last year, which required applications to be made in person at embassies, where their biometrics

DHS updates U.S. visa waiver program to include mandatory use of biometric passports

The Department of Homeland Security has updated its visa waiver program with stricter air travel requirements on foreign governments including the mandatory use of biometric passports, according to a report by The New York Times. The new standards will serve as an extra security measure amid the growing terrorist threat from fighters who have gone to Syria and Iraq to join various militant organizations. The visa waiver program allows citizens from the 38 participating countries to enter the United States

South Africa to implement biometric regulations for India visa application

South Africa will implement biometric regulations for India’s visa applicants by the end of the year, as soon as it develops the proper infrastructure, according to a report by The Financial Express. The new regulations comes as South Africa showed relatively unchanged tourism numbers from India during last year’s e-bola outbreak in West Africa and terrorist attacks in the East. “This year we will be introducing new visa regulations,” said Malusi Gigaba, minister of home affairs for South Africa. “Firstly,

Hardware flaw preventing biometric data checks at U.S. embassies from being processed

The State Department revealed that a computer flaw preventing a key system from processing and sending the security-related biometric data checks at U.S. embassies and consulates, will not be resolved until at least next week, according to a report by PC World. The Consular Consolidated Database has been struggling with an unidentified hardware failure that has impacted applications filed since May 26. So far, the government hasn’t yet to detail the exact number of people affected by the issue. However,

Biometrics for government agencies, face and voice hit big this week

Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news articles from BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Government contracts There were a significant number of stories relating to government biometric contracts this week, starting with the Department of Defense announcement that it is currently re-assessing and updating its Identity and Access Management strategy to improve its overall network access security without making the authorization process more difficult for authorized users. Meanwhile, the U.S. Special Operations Command said it is currently testing