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France to Fingerprint Tourist Visa Applicants

All applicants for tourist visas to visit France will be fingerprinted under measures approved by the French cabinet on Wednesday. The plan is part of a clampdown on illegal immigration spearheaded by French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy. More than 7,000 people have already been deported this year, Mr Sarkozy has announced. Other measures include a five-year wait for residency papers – up from the current three, a requirement for applicants to prove their “integration” into French society, and the systematic expulsion of tens of thousands of illegal immigrants. IMMIGRATION PLANS Fingerprinting of all tourist visa applicants Five-year wait for residency papers – up from three Requirement to prove “integration” including knowledge of French Illegal immigrants can be held for 32 days instead of 12 Two years’ marriage to gain residency – up from one Easing of deportation rules after jail terms. Mr Sarkozy’s plan was accepted by the French cabinet on Wednesday, and now goes to parliament for approval. Full Story

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