14 January 2008
Ten point plan for border protection and immigration reform – first milestone met as fingerprint checks go global
The global rollout of fingerprint checks on all visa applicants is complete three months ahead of schedule, and millions under budget, the Government announced today.
In a wide ranging speech to Border and Immigration Agency (BIA) staff, the Immigration Minister Liam Byrne congratulated agency officials and set out a challenging ‘deal for delivery’ in 2008, to secure the largest shake up to Britain’s border security and immigration system for 40 years.
Anyone applying for a visa from 133 countries covering three quarters of the world’s population now have their fingerprints checked against UK databases. Nearly 500 cases of identity swapping have been spotted already.
Full story on the home office site here