Caribbean CIPs urged to upgrade to Biometrics

Opinion and Recommendations by World Citizenship Council


The World Citizenships Council (WCC), urges all caribbean CIPs to upgrade  to latest technologies by 2020 including collecting biometric data from all CBI applicants. The biometric data includes fingerprinting, retinal scans and also facial recognition features.


Biometrics helps to strengthen security systems and due diligence and helps preventing abuse of applicants. Applicants are known to change their identity, change appearance and biometric check prevents such abuses.


The WCC welcomes decision by St Kitts and Nevis leading the way to upgrade the CBI program in collecting biometric fingerprints from applicants.


Considering security as paramount importance, WCC urges all the CBI/CIP countries to implement biometrics andshare the data across all CBI jurisdictions. Cross checking biometric data reveals multiple identities.  We therefore propose no passports are to be issued without collecting biometrics from applicants.


WCC highly recommends setting up an CIP international committee to monitor and oversee data-sharing of refused applicants, biometrics and applicant data, across all CBI jurisdictions in Europe, Caribbean and the Pacific


CIP revenues could be used to fund and upgrade the security systems in the Caribbean countries.  The latest generation of e-passports contain a chip that can hold biometric data which other countries can use it to check at  borders.


Dominica and St Lucia are the two countries that still do not issue Biometric passports under CBI program.  St Kitts, Antigua and Grenada issue biometric e-passports at par with other countries.


The Council urges CBI countries not to issue passports without collecting biometric features from CBI applicants.