AP, January 14, 2008
Immigration Minister Liam Byrne said those applying for a British visa from any of 133 countries would now have their fingerprints checked against a database.
Byrne said the system, which the government has gradually been introducing around the world since September 2006, had already captured biometric information from more than 1 million people. He said the system had flagged nearly 500 cases of identity fraud.
Tourists from the United States and the European Union, who do not require visas for short visits to Britain, will not be fingerprinted.