US-VISIT stands for United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology Program.
US-VISIT often begins overseas, at the U.S. consular offices issuing visas, where visitors’ biometrics (digital fingerscans and photographs) are collected and checked against a database of known criminals and suspected terrorists. When the visitor arrives at the port of entry, the same biometrics are used – digital fingerscans – to verify the person at our port is the same person who received the visa.
US-VISIT Exit procedures are being tested at 12 airports including Philadelphia International Airport. If you leave from this airport you are required to confirm your departure using US-VISIT exit procedures. Your check out will include the scanning of your visa or passport and repeating the simple inkless fingerscanning process for first your left index finger and then your right index finger. A workstation attendant will be available if you need assistance. The exit confirmation will be added to your travel records to demonstrate compliance with the terms of your admission. US-VISIT currently applies to all visitors (with limited exemptions) holding non-immigrant visas, regardless of country of origin.
Detailed information on US-VISIT can be found at the Department of Homeland Security's US-VISIT website.