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New migrants to be tracked by digital IDs post-Brexit, leaked Home Office documents reveal

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Author- Rowland Manthorpe, technology correspondent

New migrants moving to the UK to work after Brexit will be given unique digital identities and have their visa applications filtered by “automated checks”, according to a leaked Home Office presentation seen by Sky News.

Each migrant will be given an “individual immigration status” from the moment they apply for permission to travel to the UK, which the presentation says will be “digitally ‘stamped’ as they cross the border”.

The individual immigration status, which will replace the current biometric residence permits, will be “checked by employers and public service providers to establish rights to work and access services and benefits in the UK”.

People who have seen the 16-slide presentation, which lays out the Home Office’s plan for dealing with the extra work created by the end of free movement with the European Union, say the system resembles a “digital ID card”.

“It’s digital identity right now for Europeans but you’ll see it much more for other people coming to live here,” says Ian Robinson, who worked for the Home Office for eight years before becoming a partner at law firm Fragomen, where he leads on UK immigration and government strategies.

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