Immigration Authorities Expand Mobile Biometrics Project in Hawaii

“It’s another example of the ubiquity of biometric technology, which is available not only at immigration centers but through mobile devices in the field.”

Immigration authorities have expanded a mobile biometric screening program in Hawaii.

Immigration Authorities Expand Mobile Biometrics Project in HawaiiIt’s an extension of an initial, one-week pilot program on Maui that allowed new residents to submit their biometric data to US Citizenship and Immigration Services authorities via mobile scan. Normally, this biometric registration needs to be done in the state capital of Honolulu, requiring residents of neighboring islands to undertake often expensive travel arrangements in order to submit their information.

The extended pilot project will see USCIS agents offering mobile scanning services in Kailua-Kona and Hilo during various dates between the end of this month and September. It’s partly the result of the efforts of Senator Mazie Hirono, who urged USCIS to extend the services.

It’s another example of the ubiquity of biometric technology, which is available not only at immigration centers but through mobile devices in the field. In this case, the technology offers meaningful benefits to new citizens in a unique geographical context; but such services could in the future be offered elsewhere in the country, too.

Source: Big Island Now

April 18, 2017 – by Alex Perala