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Visa Security Program

Deploys HSI special agents with immigration law enforcement expertise to diplomatic posts worldwide to conduct visa security activities
VISA

Homeland Security Investigations' (HSI) International Operations coordinates the Visa Security Program, which deploys HSI special agents with immigration law enforcement expertise to diplomatic posts worldwide to conduct visa security activities, such as:

  • Examining visa applications for fraud,
  • Initiating investigations,
  • Coordinating with law enforcement partners, and
  • Providing law enforcement training and advice to Department of State consulates.

The Visa Security Program interdicts criminals, terrorists and others who would exploit the legal visa process to enter the United States. The program serves as the agency's frontline in protecting the United States against terrorist and criminal organizations. While many security measures focus on screening names against lists of known terrorist or criminal suspects, the program relies on HSI special agents to identify potential terrorist or criminal suspects and stop them before they can reach the United States.