Immigrants will have to give two fingerprints, iris scans and a raft of personal details to the Home Office when the scheme is introduced for foreign nationals later this year, the government said yesterday. If they fail to comply with these 'primary requirements', their permission to stay in the UK could be revoked. Initially, they would face fine of 250 pounds per offence, with refugees facing fines up to a maximum of 1,000 pounds, as human rights laws bar them from being deported.
''This shows the kind of punitive measures that every British citizen can expect when ID cards are eventually rolled out nationally,'' stated liberal Democrat spokesman Chris Huhne.
With England on the verge of becoming the most crowded country in Europe, the roll-out would begin later this year and the children of foreign nationals also expected to carry the cards.
''Britain's border security is currently undergoing the biggest shake-up in a generation, ensuring it stays among the toughest in the world,'' Daily Times quoted Immigration Minister Liam Byrne as saying.
''ID cards for foreign nationals would cement the triple ring of security protecting our shores, along with fingerprint visas abroad and a single border force here at home,'' he added.