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ID card program is launched

November 26, 2008|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Britain began an identity card program for foreign nationals, six years after heated debate over whether the costly plan is an effective tool against terrorism, identity theft and welfare fraud.

The program will start with about 50,000 foreign students and spouses of permanent residents who will receive cards if they qualify for visa extensions.

Other foreign nationals living and working in Britain will eventually need cards as the program is expanded.

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