NEW YORK — Travelers checks will be expanded, but with a new twist: Passengers who don’t have a photo ID and who cannot provide documentation will not be required to show ID, a rule that was announced Tuesday by the State Department.
The change comes as the Obama administration is trying to crack down on visa fraud by undocumented immigrants who attempt to enter the U.S. through the southern border.
The new rule will be implemented beginning next month and would not apply to those who have already checked in at least once or those traveling through non-photo-identifying airports, like those in Mexico or Guatemala.
The department is also requiring the airlines to post the names and social security numbers of anyone traveling to the U-S.
without a passport or ID on the airline’s website.
Passengers traveling through airports outside of the U, such as in Panama or in Colombia, will also need to submit their name and photo ID when traveling in Mexico.
The Obama administration announced the new rules at the White House on Tuesday.
The policy comes as it tries to crack a new wave of visa fraud that has hit the U.-S.
border and caused a backlog of nearly 60,000 applications for temporary work visas.
The Homeland Security Department reported in March that about half of the 60,800 applications submitted last year were fraudulent.
The DHS said at the time that the agency was also seeing an increase in fraud involving travelers who are unable to produce a passport, such a person could be traveling through Mexico.
In recent weeks, the U of A student was arrested at a U. of T student union, and a U of T law student was pulled over in Montreal, Canada.
The Department of Homeland Security also announced in May that it had identified more than 1,100 cases of fraudulent student applications that were being processed.
That prompted U.K.-based airline Ryanair to stop all flights to the United States and suspend the use of its RyanairPassport program for passengers who are not able to produce their passport at the airport.
That policy is set to expire at the end of this month.
U.k.-based United Airlines announced that it will also begin to suspend its RyanairsPassport business card and U.s.
Passport Plus loyalty program for U. S. citizens and legal permanent residents.
The U.a.l.s decision came a day after U.ks. immigration department released data showing that more than 100,000 visa applications had been rejected or delayed because of the new rule.