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UNITED KINGDOM: UK Border Control Introduces New Airport Border Service—Frequent Registered Traveller Scheme

The UK Border Control will shortly be introducing a new airport border service. The Frequent Registered Traveller Scheme is expected to be rolled out by the end of June or beginning of July. It will allow business visitors to enter the UK using a priority "fast lane" when going through border control.

The Scheme will be piloted initially and only available to business visitors who are nationals of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, and Japan. It will not be available for migrants entering the UK under any other immigration category. The new Scheme will be available only at the international ports, Gatwick and Heathrow.

UK Border Control will release more information on registration procedures, but at present, it appears that a business visitor will need to show that he or she has previously visited the UK as a business visitor four times within 12 months. The business visitor must register on a dedicated website and provide proof of his or her previous travel within 12 months of the date of registration. Once the applicant is accepted, he or she will receive an e-mail notification containing details of their acceptance in the Scheme. Although not yet finalized, it appears that those accepted can then travel to the UK, and at the border-checking stage, they would show the border officers their e-mail notification of their acceptance, and officers will then direct them to use the appropriate fast lane.

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