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Just completed the form. Will see what transpires. Here are the T&Cs, which are given in the final stages of the application process, should anyone be curious (mods please feel free to abbreviate if it's too long):

THE REGISTERED TRAVELLER SCHEME
1. INTRODUCTION

1.1 Registered Traveller is a new pilot scheme designed to improve the way some passengers pass through the UK border. An eligible person from the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Japan who pre-registers his or her travel document will be processed as a 'Registered Traveller' and able to use a selected channel where available to pass through the immigration control on arrival in the United Kingdom. The scheme does not seek to override in any way application of all relevant immigration law, including in particular the requirement for leave to enter or remain in the UK being obtained, but being processed as a 'Registered Traveller' should fast-track a person's clearance of immigration checks at the border. Participation in the scheme will be subject to a person meeting the relevant criteria outlined in this document. Where it is relevant, whether there is sufficient evidence available of a person's previous compliance with the United Kingdom's immigration law will be one of the factors to be taken into account in determining a person's eligibility to participate in the scheme.

1.2 The Secretary of State may amend the detail of the scheme as outlined in this note, including the categories of persons eligible to participate, at any time. In particular, the categories of persons eligible to participate will be kept under review and, if further categories are identified as being suitable for inclusion in the scheme, these will be added.

1.3 The scheme is being introduced to provide fast and secure clearance through the United Kingdom immigration control for regular bona fide travellers. In considering a person's application to participate in the scheme the Secretary of State will consider the circumstances of each case individually, but will keep in mind the overall purpose of the scheme, along with the need to maintain a secure border. The Secretary of State therefore reserves the right to refuse an individual's enrolment application where they consider it right to do so in the interests of the wider integrity and security of the border control, notwithstanding the more specific criteria set out at sections 2.1 to 2.9 inclusive.

1.4 Where a person in one of the eligible categories is refused permission to participate in the scheme he or she will be provided with notification of the decision and with details of how to raise any queries about the decision. Details of how to make a subject access request under the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 will also be made available as appropriate.

1.5 The Secretary of State reserves the right to terminate any person's participation in the scheme. For example, termination will take place if a person does not follow the scheme processes and requirements.

1.6 See section 3 for details of the circumstances in which the Secretary of State may terminate a person's permission to participate in the scheme. Where a person's permission to participate in the scheme has been terminated he or she will be unable to use the scheme on arrival in the United Kingdom, and he or she should proceed to the immigration control to be seen by a Border Force Officer in the usual way as if Registered Traveller status had never been granted.

1.7 Persons who volunteer to make a Registered Traveller application in connection with the scheme may still be examined by a Border Force Officer on arrival in the United Kingdom, their participation in the scheme notwithstanding. They will also remain subject to the controls operated by other border control agencies, other parts of Border Force and the police.

1.8 From April 2014 Membership of the scheme is conditional upon registering a biometric passport. This includes those who registered from September 2013 until March 2014.

1.9 The intention is that there will be an annual membership charge to join the Registered Traveller scheme from April 2014 and per annum thereafter.

1.10 The Registered Traveller scheme 'relates to visitors under Part 2 of the Immigration Rules generally, but with the exception of a person seeking leave to enter under paragraph 56Y'. If at any time whilst a member of the Registered Traveller scheme a person intends to visit the UK for the purposes of a visitor undertaking a permitted paid engagement they will be required to go to the 'Others Passports' desk at the border and will not be able to utilise the benefits of the Registered Traveller scheme on this occasion

1.11 Membership of the Registered Traveller scheme at participating ports does not apply when transferring to domestic or international flights in a single journey and the normal processes and signage at that port should be followed.

1.12 Membership of the scheme is strictly reserved to the individual member and cannot be used with or transferred to any other passenger, regardless of your relationship or circumstances. If you are the responsible adult travelling with a passenger under 18 you would only be able to take advantage of the benefits of Registered Traveller if the passenger who is under 18 is able to join the EEA queue. If the passenger under 18 is not able to join the EEA queue then the Registered Traveller member will not be able to take advantage of the benefits of the scheme and both adult and the passenger under 18 will be required to join the other passports queue.

1.13 In all circumstances only the Registered Traveller will be processed within the scheme. Any perceived attempt to use the scheme for accompanying passengers may result in your membership being terminated.

Registration and enrolment

1.14 During the first phase of the scheme's implementation, at designated ports a Registered Traveller will be directed to an immigration desk with the shortest estimated queue time. This may include the EEA/EU queues. The airport host will be given specific instructions, based on the operational considerations at that port, to direct the Registered Traveller to a specific queue. Some ports may have a dedicated Registered Traveller lane.

1.15 Stage 1 of the application process is that Border Force staff will perform a series of checks and an overall assessment of an application on behalf of the Secretary of State. Based on these checks, the application will either be progressed to Stage 2 or rejected. In both instances the applicant will receive an email reply to the address that they have provided. It will be for the applicant to ensure that emails sent from Border Force and or the Home Office and are not filtered automatically and received into the appropriate email account.

1.16 Stage 2, upon receipt of confirmation that an application has been provisionally accepted, the applicant will be instructed to bring the receipt of confirmation with them to present to the a Border Force Officer, when they next visit the UK and pass through the UK Border.

1.17 Stage 2 is likely to follow the same process as the applicant would normally follow upon arriving at the UK border at a non EEA/EU immigration desk. Once the Border Force Officer has concluded all their mandatory checks, and based on them being satisfied that the relevant requirements have been met, the applicant will be asked to produce their receipt of confirmation and the Border Force Officer will ensure there is a biographic match and the Border Force Officer will then confirm Registered Traveller status.

1.18 Once Registered Traveller status is confirmed the applicant will receive written or electronic confirmation of membership. The applicant should ensure that they carry the confirmation of membership with them when they travel so that it can be presented at the UK border at any time and if requested.

Enrolment process and data destruction

1.19 During the application process the applicant will be required to provide a range of biographic information based on a format set by Border Force. Details will include a person's name, date of birth, nationality, gender, passport details and details of his or her immigration status in the United Kingdom which will be recorded as part of the enrolment application process.

1.20 The applicant will also be asked to provide evidence of their eligibility and submit this as part of the application process. All personal data provided by a person during the enrolment application process and held on the Registered Traveller system will be destroyed after a certain period, if the person is no longer actively participating in the scheme. Further information about data use, retention and destruction may be found at section 4.

2. CRITERIA FOR ENROLMENT

2.1 Only nationals from countries at Annex A, and who meet the eligibility criteria may apply

2.2 The scheme is not available to Permanent Residents of the United Kingdom.

2.3 The person must provide a valid passport that it is issued by one of the countries at Annex A satisfactorily establishing his or her identity and nationality or citizenship and

2.4 The person must provide satisfactory evidence that he or she currently will obtain leave to enter the United Kingdom, and

2.5 On the basis of the information before him or her the Border Force Officer must be satisfied that there is no reason to doubt that, on the person's next and subsequent arrivals, he or she will qualify to re-enter the United Kingdom as a registered traveller.

Period of enrolment

2.6 Subject to the above criteria being met, stages 1 and 2 of the enrolment process being complete the person will be enrolled to use the scheme for a specified period, although the Secretary of State reserves the right to terminate such a person's permission to use the scheme at any stage and without further explanation. See section 3 for details of the circumstances in which the Secretary of State may terminate a person's participation in the scheme.

2.7 Where there has been a termination of permission to participate in the scheme, a person who wishes to continue to use the scheme will need to re-apply to do so. His or her future participation in the scheme will be dependent on meeting the relevant criteria in place at the time.

2.8 Previous acceptance of an application, or membership of any other similar scheme, or any other entitlement such as possession of a premium service will not impact on the Registered Traveller scheme or the current status of an application or membership.

2.9 Membership of the scheme is based on you holding and presenting the valid passport used to register on the scheme. If this document is no longer valid or is no longer in your possession, lost or stolen then your membership is no longer valid. You must inform us immediately and make a new application with a new valid passport. Expired, no longer valid or cancelled membership carries no status at the UK Border and will not be considered by an Officer.

Change in circumstances

2.10 If there is any change in the circumstances of a person who has enrolled to participate in the scheme, such as to affect the basis of his or her immigration status, the person must notify a Border Force Officer on his or her next arrival in the United Kingdom of that change. The person must also notify the Registered Traveller scheme when such a change in circumstances occurs at; RegisteredTravellersapplications&[email protected] fice.gsi.gov.uk

3. CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH USE OF THE REGISTERED TRAVELLER SCHEME MAY BE SUSPENDED OR TERMINATED

3.1 The Registered Traveller Scheme is a pilot scheme. The Secretary of State reserves the right to suspend or terminate the use of the scheme at any time and without prior notice (and either temporarily or permanently) and for any reason to all users or certain categories of users or a specific individual or individuals.

3.2 Without prejudice to the generality of the above, the Secretary of State may suspend or terminate the use of the scheme:

As the scheme is a pilot
As a result of any operational factors at a port.
For national security reasons.
As a result of changes to the United Kingdom's Immigration Rules (such as the introduction of a visa requirement in respect of a particular nationality).
Where an individual no longer qualifies,
Where an enrolled person's leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom is curtailed or cancelled.
Where an enrolled person notifies the Secretary of State that they no longer wish to participate in the scheme.
3.3. Where a person's permission to participate in the scheme has been terminated and he or she is unable to proceed as a Registered Traveller upon arrival in the United Kingdom, he or she should proceed to the 'Others Passports' (non EEA/EU desk to be seen by a Border Force Officer to be dealt with in the usual way where no Registered Traveller status applies.

4. DATA USE

4.1 All information held in connection with a person's enrolment application And participation in the scheme will be treated in confidence by the Home Office, subject to all applicable laws and regulations governing data protection.

4.2 The information captured and held in connection with the scheme, including data collected at the application stage (regardless of whether the application is successful) and during participation of the scheme, will be processed by the Home Office and on behalf of Border Force for the purpose of the scheme's operation, including protecting it against fraud and maintaining its security. It may also be processed for management information and statistical purposes and, where appropriate, for other immigration purposes.

4.3 Information may also be disclosed, where appropriate, to other government departments, agencies, local authorities and other bodies where necessary for the purposes of the scheme and other immigration purposes, or to enable them to carry out their functions.

4.4 Save where the data is required in connection with criminal proceedings, the personal data provided by a person during the enrolment application process, which is still held by the system will be destroyed after a period of 6 months. In the case of a person who is not accepted for participation in the scheme, this period will begin with the date on which the data was first recorded. In all other cases this period will begin with the date on which the person's permission to participate in the scheme expires or is terminated. See section 3 for details of the circumstances in which the Secretary of State may terminate a person's participation in the scheme.

4.5 Any person who wishes to find out what, if any, personal data is held about them may make a subject access request under the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998. Any such request must be made in writing and be accompanied by a fee of 10 in the form of a cheque or postal order made payable to “The Accounting Officer – Home Office”. Individuals seeking information about their immigration records should make their request by writing to:

The Data Protection Unit,
UK Border Agency,
Lunar House, 40, Wellesley Road,
Croydon, CR9 2BY

Email: [email protected]

5. CONTACTS

5.1 For general Registered Traveller enquiries please contact: RegisteredTravellersapplications&[email protected] fice.gsi.gov.uk

For other immigration queries a person should go to the relevant section of the United Kingdom Border Agency website to find the most appropriate contact for your query. http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/

NB: Immigration applications should be sent to the United Kingdom Border Agency. See United Kingdom Border Agency website for details: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/

ANNEX A

Scheme Membership Countries

Country Date of Membership
Australia September 2013
Canada September 2013
Japan September 2013
New Zealand September 2013
United States of America September 2013
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