Mel PoluckEditorFriday 8 September 2017

Leaked immigration strategy reveals plans for digital system

Details of post-Brexit online immigration system laid out in Home Office paper 

union jackDetails of an online system that will support post-Brexit regulations for immigration, citizenship and border entry following the UK's exit from the European Union have been laid out in a leaked Home Office paper obtained by The Guardian.

The digital system will be bolstered by improved data sharing across the relevant departments and offer the means for organisations to check residence and employment rights online, according to the 82-pager, marked "sensitive."

The paper, published in full by the newspaper, says: “A key aim is to make the new immigration system as digital, flexible, and frictionless as possible. It will be supported by improved data-sharing capabilities between government departments, notably between the Home Office, HM Revenue and Customs, and the Department for Work and Pensions, to link together tax, benefit, and immigration records in a fully automated and digital way.”

It goes on to say that a "secure digital portal will enable employers and public service providers to quickly check the immigration status of an individual and take action if necessary."

Government plans “a smooth and orderly process towards the future system” which will take at least two years to implement. 

The Home Office document is based on eight 'pillars' underpinning the new strategy. They include: bringing the 'EU migration into a UK legal framework' and 'remaining a safe haven for those fleeing persecution.'

 

Related story: Home Office plans for big data in immigration IT

 

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