16 February 2009

UK Home Office to extend biometric ID cards to postgraduate doctors and dentists

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The Home Office is putting further regulations to the Parliament regarding the biometric identification cards for foreign nationals from outside the European Economic Area applying for further leave to remain.

It means that postgraduate doctors and dentists applying for further leave to remain under the new UK immigration system would need to provide fingerprints and a photograph to be used on a chip for an identification card, which will be checked by border control, police, and job centres for their eligibility to live and work in the UK.

Currently, the postgraduate doctors and dentist immigration categories have a stamp or vignette in their passport to prove their working rights in the UK. 

Already thousands of international students and spouses or civil or unmarried partners, and their dependents who have applied for leave to remain have applied for an identity card.  Foreign nationals seeking indefinite leave to remain and the settled population remain unaffected by the changes.

Since going live November last year, the Home Office's biometric system has successfully caught people trying to abuse the UK immigration system, and has proven its worth for protecting the UK borders from identity fraud.

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