26th November 2009
The UK Border Agency has announced that they will introduce fingerprint checks at the UK border for passengers with Biometric UK Visas, Entry Clearances and Identity Cards for Foreign Nationals (ICFNs).
On arrival to the United Kingdom, these passengers will have their fingerprints scanned at border control in addition to the normal checks that take place. These will then be checked against the fingerprints the passenger gave with their application.
These checks will verify that the individual entering the United Kingdom is the same person who gave their biometrics when they applied for their Visa, Entry Clearance for ICFN.
This new process forms part of the UKBA agenda to introduce increasingly stringent methods to combat illegal immigration and illegal working.
The process will be introduced on 30th November 2009.