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Passport changes shelved for now

Passport changes shelved for now

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WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is putting off plans that could have required visitors from friendly nations to show passports with fingerprint and iris scan information by this fall.

Instead, foreigners from 27 countries currently not required to apply for U.S. visas will need only to carry passports with tamperproof digitized photos by Oct. 26, administration and congressional officials said Tuesday. However, the Homeland Security Department will require passports to include embedded chips to hold future biometric information such as fingerprints and iris scans as early as next year.

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