If you have been to USA, you must have visited a USA Offsite facilitation Centre to submit your biometric information which includes your fingerprints.
USA collects biometrics at the time of Visa issuance to cross-check the same, on arrival in USA. This is Standard Operating Protocol to ensure only genuine folks enter USA.
In India, there are 5 USAs’ OFCs’ located in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkotta, Mumbai and New Delhi. Ideally, the OFC appointment and the US Consular appointment are planned on the same day or OFC appointment is one day prior to the US Consular appointment.
As the talks are in preliminary stage, no official communication has been released. The talks are on with US, Israel and Canadian embassies. More news is expected in the near future.
As more and more organizations adopt Aadhaar Authentication Services, the less the cost of each authentication transaction will be.
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