The government plans to demarcate border controls with a fully digital system that will “count inputs” into the country, Home Secretary Priti Patel said on Sunday, the day before the report was released.
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The government aims to make border crossing “fully digital by the end of 2025”.
The Home Office said in a statement that those coming to the UK without a visa or immigration status should apply online for travel authorization (ETA) as a model for traveling to the United States. Who expects “about 30 million ETA applications to be processed each year.”
The new system will allow automated and pre-arrival security checks aimed at “preventing serious foreign criminals from entering the UK”.
Tightening immigration conditions is one of the goals of Brexit supporters now that has ended the independence movement between the United Kingdom and the European Union.
“Now we have regained control, we have ended the independence movement and security is at the heart of our immigration strategy,” Patel said in a statement. “Our new all-digital frontier will allow people inside and outside the country to count, which will allow them to control who comes to the UK,” he said.
The ministry points out that the number of immigrants to the UK has not been properly assessed, citing an example of a scheme called the ‘Settlement Scheme’, which allows EU citizens who have lived in the country to register before 31 December 2020, to have the same rights to live, work and access social security in the UK after Brexit.
By the end of April, more than 5.4 million applications and 4.9 million positions had been submitted, the ministry said, adding that the number of EU citizens living in the UK had previously been estimated at 3 million.
The plan is part of a reform of immigration policy that is now based on a “point” system that supports the intelligent mind to the detriment of less skilled workers. To obtain a visa, skills, knowledge of English and financial resources are taken into account.
In March, the British government also proposed reform of the asylum system, which would no longer grant people the same rights as whether they had entered the country legally or illegally.