Immigration Controls: Passports

Home Office written question – answered on 29th April 2019.

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Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns Conservative, Morley and Outwood

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the criteria is for selecting which passport holders have access to e-passport gates; and what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending that criteria to include British national (overseas) passport holders.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The Government is prepared to consider whether British National (Over-seas) passport holders can be added to the list of those able to use ePass-port gates routinely. In doing so, they will be assessed against the full range of factors used to determine ePassport gate access including immigration abuse, security, cooperation on border matters, prosperity etc). If this group are found to be suitable, we will endeavor to add them at the next available opportunity.

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