Biometric Barrier

Nov 11, 2011 (LBO) – Two Sri Lankan visa applicants for travel to the United Kingdom were arrested this week when their attempt to use fake identities were detected with the help of fingerprints scans. UK visa applicants worldwide are required to provide their biometric data, having their fingers scanned and a digital photograph taken at the visa application centre, each time they apply.

“Biometric data collection protects customers’ identities from being misused by others and is an important tool in combating visa fraud and crime,” the high commission said.

Biometric data are checked against various UK government databases in the UK.

“Biometrics will uncover, for example, those applicants who have previously been refused a visa, even if they apply in a different name in another part of the world.

“It will allow the UK Border Agency to check that the person travelling is the same one to whom the visa was given.”

Two visa applicants were arrested previously in August for similar offences. “Two Sri Lankan visa applicants have been arrested this week for using deception and false identities to apply for UK visas,” the British high commission said in a statement.

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