The Home Office expects to identify 6,000 visa overstayers, failed asylum seekers and foreign national offenders facing deportation in the first year of the checks, which are to be carried out quarterly.
Banks and building societies are to carry out immigration checks on 70m current accounts from January
Sooo, this is a hunt to find 0.008% of people within 70m accounts? (insert philosoraptor here)
I don’t really have an opinion on the approach and as a legal immigrant, I don’t feel like I could voice my opinion since I’m a guest here. I’m just surprised about hmm, massive scale and seemingly low expected outcome.
That being said, one paragraph explains all it really is - one more database to check against.
The new legislation requires the banks to check the identity of every current account holder against a Home Office supplied database held by an anti-fraud organisation, Cifas.