State will use FBI criminal data for visas

State will use FBI criminal data for visas

The State Department will access FBI criminal history records when processing visa applications.

Under an interim regulation published last week in the Federal Register, State will match the fingerprints of visa applicants against prints in the National Criminal Information Center databases.

The regulation calls for FBI criminal summaries to be placed in State's Lookout database. State uses the database to screen people entering the country.

Visa applicants' names will be checked against the summaries to see if they have criminal histories. If a Lookout database search indicates that a visa applicant has a record, State will require the applicant to submit fingerprints and pay a processing fee.

The department will send the fingerprints to the FBI to verify whether the criminal data in Lookout has to do with the applicant.

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