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Office of the Spokesman
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March 19, 2007
Question Taken at March 19, 2007 Daily Press Briefing

Iranian Visas

Question: Are Iranian diplomats and party subject to the same fingerprinting and security screening procedures as other travelers?

Answer: All visa applicants are subject to robust security screening procedures however, applicants for diplomat visas (A and G) are not subject to biometric finger scanning procedures at U.S. Consulates and Embassies.

The Iranian President and his party did not provide biometric finger scans to obtain their visas. Their visas are single entry and valid for 3 months specific to the U.N. visit. Any travel outside a 25-mile-radius of New York City must have the prior approval of the Office of Foreign Missions of the U.S. Department of State.

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Released on March 19, 2007

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