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Passion Islam I October 2008 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 5
UK Identity card unveiled
Building on the Government’s commitment identity protection to the many here legally students and people seeking leave to
to begin issuing the first ID cards to foreign who contribute to the prosperity of the UK, remain on the basis of marriage.
nationals from November 2008, the card’s while helping prevent abuse.” The introduction of the first card
design was revealed for the first time. The Compulsory identity cards for foreign supports the Government’s tough new
new credit-card sized document will show nationals will kick start the National Identity Australian-style Points Based System for
the holder’s photograph, name, date of Scheme, with the first applicants having to managed migration. To earn and retain
birth, nationality and immigration status. apply for cards from 25 November. their licence as a sponsor businesses and
A secure electronic chip will also hold Within three years all foreign nationals education providers must keep records of
their biometric details, including the migrants they have sponsored
fingerprints, and a digital facial including, in time, a copy of a
image. migrant’s identity card. Businesses
Home Secretary Jacqui found employing illegal workers face
Smith said: “Today shows we are fines of up to £10,000 per person.
delivering on our commitment to The introduction of cards for
introduce the National Identity foreign nationals will be followed by
Scheme in order that we can the first ID cards for British citizens,
enjoy its benefits as quickly as targeting workers in sensitive roles
possible. and locations like airports from 2009.
“ID cards will help protect Then from 2010 ID cards will be
against identity fraud, illegal available to young people who want
working, reduce the use of them and from 2011/12 cards will be
multiple identities in organised available to the general population.
crime and terrorism, crack down on those applying for leave to enter or remain in the The introduction of ID cards will provide
trying to abuse positions of trust and make UK will be required to have a card, with a convenient and secure means to protect
it easier for people to prove they are who around 90 per cent of foreign nationals identity by locking it to one person using
they say they are. in Britain covered by the scheme by their fingerprints.
“ID cards for foreign nationals will 2014/15. Allready 2.8 million visa applicants
replace old-fashioned paper documents, To ensure the benefits of the have been fingerprinted, 3,500 cases
make it easier for employers and sponsors programme are felt from the start, the UK of identity swap in the UK have been
to check entitlement to work and study, Border Agency will start with categories identiifed and dealt with; and over 12.5
and for the UK Border Agency to verify that have been targeted by those wanting million biometric e-passports have been
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someone’s identity. This will provide to abuse our immigration system, including issued in the past two years.
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