And now, fingerprint checks at UK borders

Fingerprint scanning in addition to normal checks

26th November 2009:
In less than a week’s time, you will have your fingerprints scanned at the border controls, if you are a passenger with biometric UK visas.

For the UK Border Agency as made it clear that from 30 November 2009, it is introducing fingerprint checks at the border for passengers with biometric UK visas, entry clearances and identity cards for foreign nationals (ICFNs).

On arrival in 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.

The Border Agency said the purpose of these checks is to verify that the individual entering the United Kingdom is the same person who gave their biometrics when they applied for their visa, entry clearance or ICFN. “Using fingerprints enables us to do this with greater certainty”, the Agency added.

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