Thursday, September 25, 2008

Foreign national ID card unveiled

Unfortunately, not in the US, but in the UK
I think that we should take notes....

id card explainer
Anti-forgery measures include colour changes when tilted,
embedded ultra-violet design and other features visible only
from certain angles

The first identity cards from the government's controversial national scheme have been unveiled.
The biometric card will be issued from November, initially to non-EU students and marriage visa holders.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said the cards would allow people to "easily and securely prove their identity".
Critics say the roll-out to some immigrants is a "softening up" exercise for the introduction of identity cards for everyone.
The card will also include information on holders' immigration status.
"We want to be able to prevent those here illegally from benefiting from the privileges of Britain," she said.
Employers and colleges want to be confident people are who they say they are, she said, and immigration and police officers want to verify identity and detect abuse.
"We all want to see our borders more secure, and human trafficking, organised immigration crime, illegal working and benefit fraud tackled. ID cards for foreign nationals, in locking people to one identity, will deliver in all these areas," she added.
The UK Border Agency will begin issuing the biometric cards to the two categories of foreign nationals who officials say are most at risk of abusing immigration rules - students and those on a marriage or civil partnership visa.


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