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Form BR1 (registration certificate) has been revised with new questions added and some removed.

Romanian Student receives Yellow Card at Majestic College

The full title for this form, commonly known as a ‘yellow card’ application, is:

‘APPLICATION FOR A REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE FOR A BULGARIAN OR ROMANIAN NATIONAL EXERCISING A TREATY RIGHT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

You can locate the Forms BR1, BR2, BR3, BR4, BR5, BR6, BR7 and ‘Guidance for Nationals of Bulgaria and Romania on Obtaining Permission to Work in the United Kingdom‘ at:

 

 

 

 

 

New BR1 Form and Guidance:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/newsarticles/2011/june/30-new-verison-of-br1-form-guide

However, if you are reading this article in several months time it may not be at the same location or the Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals may have changed altogether and the forms could be no longer needed.

At present, despite the fact that they are EU members, when it comes to employment Bulgarian and Romanian citizens do not have the same rights as other Europeans, for instance from Poland, Slovakia or other A8 Accession countries.

Form ‘BR1’ (BR(1) VERSION 06/2011), it is not actually called a ‘yellow card’ application and a search on the UKBA website for ‘yellow card’ will give you a ‘No Results found for the Search term ‘yellow card’ reply. So you need to search using the correct name or enter a more defined search.

Changed include revisions of the ‘SECTION 4 Student’ part of the application, specifically questions 4.4.

A new paragraph has been added in the student section requesting that you complete a self-declaring an Oath that you will not become a ‘burden on the state’. It states:

 “A declaration witnessed by a Commissioner for Oaths*, to state that you, as the applicant, will not become a burden on the state.

“* A Commissioner for Oaths has the power to certify the oath of another over documents”

This means you need to sign a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths that you will not become a burden or dependant on the UK government.

The option to state that the student will be supported by working as part of a vocational course has been removed.

There is much confusion surrounding the whole area of Bulgarian and Romanian rights to work and study in the UK.

Migrants, employers and even advisers at Job Centres and help lines are not always clear about whether or not Bulgarian and Romanian nationals can work in the UK and what documents are required.

Despite the fact that they are EU members, when it comes to employment Bulgarian and Romanian citizens do not have the same rights as other Europeans, for instance from Poland, Slovakia or other A8 Accession countries.

Many care industry and catering businesses would like to recruit Romanian, Bulgarian and other European workers, as the Government’s cap on migration, combined with newly imposed restrictions on Tier 2 and Tier 4 routes, has made it increasing difficult to recruit non-EU staff (on work permits and student visas).

But many employers are unaware of the distinct difference between ‘A8’ nationals (Polish, Latvian, Slovakian, Czechs, Hungarians, Slovenians Lithuanians and Estonians), who joined the EU in 2004 and more recent members from Bulgaria and Romania. Although both groups have the same rights to freely enter the UK, they do not enjoy the same rights to work, i.e. free movement of labour. See also: Free Movement of EU nationals explained.

Immigration flows have hit their highest level for six years with numbers increasing from Eastern Europe, even from Bulgaria and Romania despite restrictions on working in the UK.

See article:

UK Border Agency launch new website

The newly revised UK Border Agency website has a better look and feel and navigation seems faster, but previously published links to specific pages of the site may no longer exist.

For instance, the link for European Workers is now:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/applying/

The link for ‘Bulgarian and Romanian nationals‘ is:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/

The UK Border Agency and Home Office website contains a vast amount of information which can be difficult to wade your way through the guidance and Immigration Rules.

The navigation section for European workers from Bulgaria and Romania also appears to have been simplified although finding specific information is still a challenge.

Confusion remains over the need for Bulgarians and Romanians applying for BR1 Yellow Cards as students to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover. 

The BR1 Form in Section 9 states:

‘If sections 4 (Students) and 5 (Self-sufficient) have been completed: evidence of ‘Comprehensive Sickness Insurance’ cover in the UK and funds to show you are economically self-sufficient, e.g. a bank statement.’

In other words, the paragraph means you need comprehensive sickness insurance only if you are applying under both ‘student’ and ‘self sufficient’ sections.

Nevertheless, student applicants are being asked to take out private medical insurance policies and are being refused if they fail to supply the correct cover.

What is the correct insurance cover?

One insurance company manager told Immigration Matters that he has been trying to get clarification on the exact requirements from the UK Border Agency for several weeks.

Active Quote offers an easy to use online quotation and application system, but also has telephone support from advisers who are on hand to answer questions.

To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website 

See article:

 

UK Border Agency launch new website

The newly revised UK Border Agency website has a better look and feel and navigation seems faster, but previously published links to specific pages of the site may no longer exist.

For instance, the link for European Workers is now:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/applying/

The link for ‘Bulgarian and Romanian nationals‘ is:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/bulgaria-romania/work-permits/

The UK Border Agency and Home Office website contains a vast amount of information which can be difficult to wade your way through the guidance and Immigration Rules.

The navigation section for European workers from Bulgaria and Romania also appears to have been simplified although finding specific information is still a challenge.

Confusion remains over the need for Bulgarians and Romanians applying for BR1 Yellow Cards as students to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover. 

The BR1 Form in Section 9 states:

‘If sections 4 (Students) and 5 (Self-sufficient) have been completed: evidence of ‘Comprehensive Sickness Insurance’ cover in the UK and funds to show you are economically self-sufficient, e.g. a bank statement.’

In other words, the paragraph means you need comprehensive sickness insurance only if you are applying under both ‘student’ and ‘self sufficient’ sections.

Nevertheless, student applicants are being asked to take out private medical insurance policies and are being refused if they fail to supply the correct cover.

What is the correct insurance cover?

One insurance company manager told Immigration Matters that he has been trying to get clarification on the exact requirements from the UK Border Agency for several weeks.

Active Quote offers an easy to use online quotation and application system, but also has telephone support from advisers who are on hand to answer questions.

To obtain a quotation for Comprehensive Sickness Insurance visit the Active Quote website

See also:

Bulgarian immigration increasing despite UK restrictions

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals 

HOW TO FIND APPLICATION FORMS FOR A ‘YELLOW’ OR ‘BLUE’ CARD REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE ON THE UK BORDER AGENCY WEBSITE

If you need any immigration advice or are worried about the new immigration rules or need help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: 

info@immigrationmatters.co.uk or visit www.immigrationmatters.co.uk 

STILL CONFUSED BY YELLOW CARD RULES?

Free presentations are being run at Bison UK Immigration Advisers for Employers, Romanians and Bulgarians – Monday to Friday, from 11am-12noon and 3-4pm. No need to book, just turn up. Venue:

Bison Management UK, 16 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire WD6 1DL. Nearest Train Station: Elstree and Borehamwood Station; Buses from Edgware underground station: 107 and 292.

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37 Responses to “BR1 Form for ‘Yellow Card’ Registration revised”
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  1. MIOARA says :

    I am Romanian and i work as self-employed person from 2007 .
    I want to apply for citizenship this year .
    PLEASE CAN YOU SEND ME A LINK WITH A GUIDE BY EMAIL?
    I WILL LIKE TO APPLY WITH MY TWO DEPENDENTS .
    THANK YOU.

  2. Annonymouse says :

    Hi guys,
    I was wondering if anyone knows. Can i apply for yellow card if i am a part time student or should i be full time student to get it. Thanks

  3. Most Solicitors will only charge around £5/£10 to swear the Oath and stamp the form, which only takes a minute or so. However, there may be additional charges for drafting and preparing the declaration form.

  4. Does anyone know exactly how much does a solicitor/notary public charge for a declaration stating that the applicant will not be a burden to the state? I went to 6 solicitor firms in my town today and only 2 solicitors told me that they can get the job done. Basically, each of them told me also that they will charge a fee of £36 (incl. VAT) for the service (which is ridiculously expensive) contrary to the opinion which circulates on the forums that they charge only £5 for that.
    Has anyone been through the same experience and can share their thoughts?

  5. Thank you Mr KELLY for the information. My God, I didn’t know that students need Comprehensive Sickness Insurance to apply for a yellow card now.

    What if I have have an NHS medical card? Does this qualify as health insurance? Sorry if the question sounds dumb. I’m just not familiar with the system here yet.

  6. Hey guys! I just have one question. Hope you can help me with it.

    I am a Romanian student studying in UK. Basically, I intend to apply for a Registration Certificate this month but I am still not sure about one thing. Well, I have to send a bank statement covering the last 3 months along with my application. My current bank balance is about £1.4k. Would that be sufficient to prove that I can support myself and that I don’t need the government’s assistance?

    Cheers

  7. The yellow card for is the BR1, but this is for Romanian and Bulgarian Citizens.

  8. George Stankov says :

    I am Canadian citizen working as self employed in UK.Which form I have to use to apply for “Yellow Card”?Thank you.

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  14. Corina says :

    Hello there!These are really difficult times for me as I am desperately trying to find useful information on how my parents could come and live in the Uk with me and apply for a workers card(any workers card.I figured that the easiest way would be for them to apply for a part time English studies course at a local college.What bothers me is that I do not know if they need to be part time or full time and what the list of accredited educational establishments are for the border agency to give them the card.Please I need some help!Thank you.

    Have a nice day!

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