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Immigration: Biometrics

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when foreign nationals issued with biometric immigration documents will have their details entered on to the National Identity Register; (182354)

(2) whether foreign nationals already in possession of a biometric visa will be required to apply for an identity card.

The Border and Immigration Agency will begin issuing identity cards in the form of biometric immigration documents to foreign nationals subject to immigration control later this year and this could include foreign nationals who already have had fingerprints recorded for the issue of a visa.

Foreign nationals details will not be recorded on the National Identity Register until biometric immigration documents are designated under the ID Cards Act 2006. This will take place when the National Identity Register is established.