UK: Banks to check 70m accounts for illegal immigrants
22 Sep 2017

Banks and building societies in the United Kingdom are to carry out immigration checks on 70 million current accounts from January in the biggest extension of Theresa May’s plans to create a “hostile environment” for illegal immigrants in Britain, the Guardian has learned.

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.

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