The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has decided to withdraw a rule they proposed earlier. The proposed rule in question would have expanded the department authorities’ requirements to collect biometrics by eliminating age restrictions; requiring applicants, petitioners, beneficiary, sponsors, or any other individual filings to submit biometrics for anything associated with naturalization benefit, immigration or request, until the DHS waives the requirements off; systematize the authority to utilize DNA test results, and enabling the usage of additional biometric modalities.
The DHS declared its decision to withdraw this rule, which was originally released on 11 September 2020, in a Federal Register. The withdrawal is said to be consistent with Executive Order 14012: Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans, alongside additional administrative priorities to reduce barriers and unwarranted burdens in the immigration system.
DHS has also stated that the requirement to submit biometrics, where appropriate, will continue, alongside remaining committed to identity management, national security, program integrity, and fraud prevention, as mentioned on www.uscis.gov on 05/07/2021.