Priti Patel declined to say how much, if any, travelers to the UK may have to pay for a planned new digital visa system, as part of a series of sweeping changes to the immigration and asylum system described by the Minister of the Interior.
In a virtual speech on Monday, Patel said the planned system, similar to the US Esta electronic travel authorization, and which would apply to any inbound without an existing visa or immigration status, would make immigration “simpler and easier. more sure”.
“Our new all-digital frontier will allow people to be counted inside and outside the country,” she said at an online conference hosted by conservative think tank Bright Blue.
“We will have a much clearer picture of who is here and if they should be, and we will act if they are not.”
But in a subsequent question-and-answer session, Patel declined to say how much the visa application might cost, or give any other information, such as whether they would need to search for each new trip.
“It’s something that many other countries in the world already have, and it’s a system in which we can actually do preflight checks. So it’s very important in terms of border security and better understanding who is coming to the UK, ”Patel said.
The plan would require legislation, and “a lot more information and context” would then come, she said, adding, “We are not going to disclose all the operational tools that we will be using.”
After Brexit, at a future date – possibly next year – British travelers to the EU will have to apply for a € 7 visa waiver under the European Travel Information and Authorization System, which would last three years, or up to the passport. expired.
The new UK system would also apply to arrivals in the EU, except for those who are currently entitled to live in the UK, but it is not known if this will be similar.
Also in the speech, Patel appeared to target protesters seeking to thwart immigrant returns, after a crowd in Glasgow surrounded a van in which two men were to be taken, securing their release.
Patel linked such an action to the threat posed by wanted people to be deported from the UK after committing serious crimes. There is no evidence that either of the Glasgow men committed any crimes.
“For too long we have been frustrated with those who know how to play the system,” Patel said in his speech.
“I have a message for those who seek to disrupt our law enforcement officers: They should consider whether their actions can prevent murderers, rapists or high risk offenders from being deported from. our community. And they should think long and hard about the victims of these crimes.
“We will not allow such disruption to prevail. To ignore public concerns about this state of affairs is monstrous. To refuse to deal with it would be a flagrant dereliction of duty. Enough is enough. “