immigration

Canadian Authorities Prepare for Biometric Border Screening Expansion

Canadian Authorities Prepare for Biometric Border Screening Expansion

Canadian immigration authorities are preparing for an administrative challenge as the country expands its biometric screening program, announcing that they will open new registration centers to accommodate heightened demand. The expansion is set to begin on July 31st, when visitors from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa will be required to provide biometric data –…

Canada to Dramatically Expand Biometric Border Screening This Year

Canada to Dramatically Expand Biometric Border Screening This Year

Canada’s biometric border screening program is going to expand dramatically this year with new requirements applying to visitors from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Currently, Canadian border authorities collect biometric data including fingerprints from refugees, asylum claimants, and visa applicants coming from 30 ‘high risk’ countries of origin. But starting July 31st, the program…

Canadian Immigration Minister Proposes Biometric Tracking of Refugee Claimants

Canadian Immigration Minister Proposes Biometric Tracking of Refugee Claimants

Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, is proposing the use of biometric identification to his American counterparts as a means of better managing refugee claims between the countries. It’s part of an effort to modernize their Safe Third Country Agreement. The aim is to stop refugees from claiming their status in Canada even if they first…

Integrated Biometrics Credits Immigration For Heightened Interest

Integrated Biometrics Credits Immigration For Heightened Interest

Integrated Biometrics is seeing increased interest in its technology, the company has announced. In a press release, Integrated Biometrics credited the rising interest to “events surrounding immigration, border security, and terrorism”. In outlining this interest, CEO Mike Grimes highlights his company’s recent participation in international industrial events like Biometrics and Identity 2015, CARTES Secure Connexions…

UK Home Office Backs ‘Coercion’ to Get Migrants’ Biometric Data

UK Home Office Backs ‘Coercion’ to Get Migrants’ Biometric Data

Britain’s Home Office is backing a hardline stance on the part of the European Union to get the fingerprint data of illegal immigrants. As asylum-seekers continue to reach the continent from across the Mediterranean, EU members are seeking to make fingerprinting compliance compulsory. That means that ‘coercion’ can be used to get those fingerprints, meaning…