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Biometric Exit Pilot in Seattle; ICE Arrests 9 Working on Visa Waiver

May 18, 2005
USVISIT Biometric Exit Pilot Begins at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
The Department of Homeland Security announced today that nonimmigrants departing from SEA-TAC Airport will be required to follow checkout procedures involving fingerscans and digital photos. This new exit procedure is in addition to the USVISIT procedures already required of nonimmigrants entering the United States. More information is available in the government's press release.

ICE Arrests 9 Working Under Visa Waiver Program
On Monday, May 16, 2005, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency arrested eight citizens of the United Kingdom and one New Zealand citizen employed by a company sub-contracted to work on key Navy surveillance and anti-sub aircraft. The workers had entered under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows nationals of 27 countries to enter for up to 90 days on business, on the basis of reciprocity. While the VWP allows for some narrow exceptions, work is generally prohibited.