UK immigration introduces fingerprint checks on entry

In most cases from 30 November 2009 overseas nationals entering the UK will need to undergo fingerprint checks; This will cover those with biometric UK visas, entry clearances and identity cards for foreign nationals (ICFNs).

Fingerprints will be scanned at border control and the fingerprints will then be checked against records held for the particular passenger. This will enable UKBA to make sure that the passenger is the same person who previously applied for a visa, entry clearance or identity card.