United States Visitor and Immigration Status Indicator Technology Law and Legal Definition

United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology is an automated entry/exist system that collects biometric data on visitors. It is commonly known as US-VISIT. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security immigration and border management system manages the US-VISIT.

All non immigrant visitors between the age of 14 and 79 holding visas have to participate in the US-VISIT program. People traveling under the Visa Waiver Program are also mandated to participate in the program. The system aims to reduce the opportunity for fraud and prevent criminals from entering the country. The US-VISIT collects and analyzes biometric data of the visitor. The data is then checked against a database to track individuals deemed by the U.S. to be terrorists, criminals, and illegal immigrants. The US-VISIT is accessed by federal, state, and local government agencies. Most Mexicans and Canadians participate in other entry-exit programs and are exempt from US-VISIT enrollment.