Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Act 2019


Application for visa: taking of fingerprints

97. The Immigration Act 2004 is amended by the insertion of the following section after section 17:

“17A. (1) The Minister or an immigration officer, where he or she considers it necessary for the purpose of ensuring the integrity of the immigration system or the operation of an arrangement relating to the Common Travel Area, may take or cause to be taken the fingerprints of a person for the purpose of the person’s application for an Irish visa or an Irish transit visa.

(2) The Commissioner of the Garda Síochána shall arrange for the maintenance of a record of fingerprints taken pursuant to subsection (1).

(3) In this section—

‘arrangement relating to the Common Travel Area’ has the meaning assigned to it by section 20 of the International Protection Act 2015;

‘Irish visa’ and ‘Irish transit visa’ have the meanings assigned to them by the Immigration Act 2003.”.