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Passion Islam I October 2009 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 11
Roll-out of foreign national
dentity cards speeds up
Skilled migrants renewing their visas enrol their fingerprints.
to stay in the United Kingdom will The trials will start rolling
be issued with an identity card from out from October.
the new year, three months ahead Identity cards for
of schedule, Home Secretary Alan foreign nationals who
Johnson announced. come to the United
From January 2010, skilled foreign Kingdom from outside
workers under Tier 2 of the points- the European Economic
based system will be issued with Area were introduced
identity cards. This brings the roll-out in November 2008.
forward from April 2010 and will add Migrants are required to
around 30,000 foreign nationals a year have their photograph
to those currently being issued with and fingerprints taken,
identity cards. securely locking them to
Since their introduction, 90,000 one identity and helping
cards have been issued, mainly to them to prove their right Offices currently included within the
students renewing their visa under to live and work in the United Kingdom scheme (which will remain free).
Tier 4 of the points-based system and - while helping businesses to crack The Post Office will not be making
those renewing marriage visas. down on illegal working. decisions on whether someone can
The announcement means that, in The introduction of the identity stay in the United Kingdom, and
addition to accelerating the roll-out to cards for skilled migrants and detailed checking of enrolment details
include foreign nationals in the United temporary workers under Tiers 1 and 5 will continue to be conducted by the
Kingdom who renew their right to stay of the points-based system will also be UK Border Agency. The post office
under Tier 2, the government has brought forward, from 2011 to 2010. trial provides extra capacity for the UK
exceeded its target of issuing 75,000 From October, foreign nationals who Border Agency and gives customers
cards by November 2009. are being issued with identity cards will an alternative for enrolment.
The UK Border Agency is also to trial be given the choice of providing their Regulations setting out the next
technology at 17 Crown post offices to fingerprints and photograph at one of stage of the roll-out of identity cards
provide foreign nationals applying for the participating Crown post offices (for for foreign nationals will be laid in
identity cards with alternative and more a fee of £8) or at one of the UK Border Parliament in October.
accessible venues where they can Agency or Identity & Passport Service
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