Feeds

Biometrics and web tests for immigrants

Gov initiative to tighten border controls

Security for virtualized datacentres

Home secretary Charles Clarke has unveiled plans to capture biometric data and conduct e-assessments of migrant workers.

The government's points based immigration system will incorporate an online self assessment portal, according to plans outlined on 7 March 2006.

Visa and work permit applicants will complete self assessment tests "online wherever possible" before getting in touch with immigration officials, the Home Office plan says. The online self assessment would only cover the initial stages of an application. It would ask basic questions such as the purpose of a visit to the UK, the length of intended stay, qualifications held and work experience gained.

The proposed new immigration programme will also link with other key IT initiatives such as e-Borders and moves to expand the use of biometric technology. Workers coming to the UK from outside the EU could have biometric data stored in order to identify them and ensure they return at the end of their stay. Biometrics will be introduced at various stages.

In a move to be introduced this year, people applying for visas will have to submit biometrics. Also in the plans, those successfully taking up residence would be issued with a biometric residence permit and electronic embarkation checks would be introduced. The system would also allow employers to carry out checks periodically after recruitment.

Home secretary Charles Clarke said: "This new scheme fits alongside other activity being undertaking to tighten up our immigration procedures. We are implementing new technology through the e-Borders programme to record simply and effectively details of passengers intending to enter or leave the UK before they begin their journey, and by the end of 2006 we will begin to require individuals applying for visas to be fingerprinted."

Overall, the new regime makes it more difficult for low skilled workers from countries outside the EU to come to the UK. Immigrants are classified according to four tiers: highly skilled – doctors, IT specialists, finance experts; skilled workers such as nurses and teachers; low skilled people granted entry to fill vacancies for specific periods; and students and special sectors such as employees of multinational companies based in the UK.

The scheme is expected to be in place by mid 2007 at the earliest.

This article was originally published at Kablenet.

Kablenet logo

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'
Fix imminent from Microsoft for Vista, Server 2008, other stuff
Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch
Redmond makes a hash of hashing add-on
FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for
It's on by default – didn't you read the small print?
'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail
15 months home detention leaves egg on feds' faces as they grab for more power
Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar
Michael Daniel wants to kill passwords dead
FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones
Claims it's what the Founding Fathers would have wanted – catching killers and pedos
Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE
Pull it out ASAP, it is SWISS CHEESE
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.