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Many people email Immigration Matters to ask where or how they can locate an immigration form. For instance, Bulgarians and Romanians often ask:

‘Where can I find the correct application form to apply for a Yellow Card?’

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If you are looking for a particular form or guidance note on the huge UK Border Agency (UKBA) or Home Office website, rather than work your way through the maze of pages, try using the site’s ‘search facility’ or use Google to locate it.

The form mentioned in the above example is a ‘BR1’, but it is not actually called a ‘yellow card’ application. In fact, a search on the UKBA website for ‘yellow card’ may 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. It is only called a yellow card because the registration certificate is literally a yellow card!

For your information the full title of the BR1 form 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:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/bulgariaromania/formbr1.pdf

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.

Paragraph 2 of the ‘Guidance for Nationals of Bulgaria and Romania on Obtaining Permission to Work in the United Kingdom’ states:

As a Romanian or Bulgarian national you are able to move and live freely in any Member State of the European Union (EU). You do not need permission under our immigration rules to reside legally in the United Kingdom. You will have a right of residence in any EU Member State for the first 3 months of residence on an unrestricted basis and you can remain legally resident in that state as long as you wish, providing you are exercising a Treaty right as a student, a self-employed person, or if you are self-sufficient(and not economically active). You will not have an automatic right to reside as a worker in the United Kingdom (unless you are exempt from work authorisation requirements – see paragraph 6 below).

If you need help or advice there is also a UKBA telephone number given for the ‘Accession State customer contact centre’ which is: 0114 207 4074.

You can also seek advice from an Immigration Adviser, but make sure they are registered with the OISC, which provides a list of qualified advisers all over 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.

The UKBA help desk, Bulgarian and Romanian section, was not specific but said that comprehensive cover means you are covered against most eventualities including in and out patient treatment.

In other words a budget policy is probably not going to be sufficient, although many applicants have no doubt managed to obtain a yellow card using such a policy.

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 Insurancecover 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.

See also:

7 tips for completing a Yellow Card BR1 application to work and study in the UK

Immigration Rules for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

Free Movement of EU nationals explained

Worker Registration Scheme to close 

Employers ‘addicted’ to migrant workers says UK Immigration Minister

STILL CONFUSED?   Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email info@majesticcollege.org

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133 Responses to “HOW TO FIND APPLICATION FORMS FOR A ‘YELLOW’ OR ‘BLUE’ CARD REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE ON THE UK BORDER AGENCY WEBSITE”
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  1. Lauracornea82@yahoo.com'

    Hi, I am a self employed student, I have yellow card, my question is: as a self employed student, after one year of working, can I apply for blue card? If not, why? What do I need to do?

  2. kaekyllyk@yahoo.com'

    Hello! I am a Romanian lady, I have a BR2 (Blue card) but I think I’ve lost it when I was moving houses. Is there any number I can call or an e-mail address, post address I can use in order to claim a copy? Thank you so much!

  3. euukimmigration@gmail.com'

    You need to write to the UKBA – you would normally get an answer for yellow card in 6 or 7 months. Did you send BRI and documents by recorded delivery?

  4. thel949@yahoo.com'
    thel949@yahoo.com'Tansu Sali says :

    Hi, my family has applied for yellow and blue card…It’s been 18 months and we have not received a single letter yet..I found out that they can’t hold my documents for more than 12 months…but it’s been 18 and I was wondering what is wrong..I would like to know if my documents are lost or not and if my applicaiton is being processed…Please contact me

  5. veronikaash@aol.co.uk'

    I just arrived at the host family and wanted to send the BR3 form with other needed details (as passport, 2photos and invitation letter from the host family) to the Home Office to apply for the purple au pair card, start to do her au pair duties with the host family while waiting to receive her au pair card which I know might take about 6-9 months to receive is it legal ? Or the Romanina au pair must first apply for the au pair card, wait to receive her purple card and after that she is allowed to start her au pair duties with the host family?
    My host family is telling am not allowed to work with them till I receive the purple card…am confused!

  6. CORRINNA292002@YAHOO.COM'
    CORRINNA292002@YAHOO.COM'corina pirvulescu says :

    I applied for the blue card on 12/05/2012 but I didn’t receive an answer until now. It’s ridiculous how slowly they are working at Home Office. My passport is at Home Office for more than 10 months!!!?????

  7. euukimmigration@gmail.com'

    Try calling or writing to the UKBA.

  8. lrn_andrea@yahoo.co.uk'

    Hello, my boyfriend, which is romanian has lost his blue registration card and to would like to know which form does he have to fill in. He went to the police to get a registration nr but they said that they don`t deal with lost certificates. Can you please tell us what to do.
    Thank you

  9. randicosgrove@gmail.com'

    Many Thanks for posting HOW TO FIND APPLICATION FORMS
    FOR A ‘YELLOW’ OR ‘BLUE’ CARD REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE ON THE
    UK BORDER AGENCY WEBSITE | Immigration Matters, I was searching
    for anything comparable and was delighted to obtain the info via this content.

  10. megih@abv.bg'

    Hi Charles,

    Is there any expiry date of the Blue Cards after completion of the Yellow Card student route for Bulgarian and Romanian?

    thank you

  11. euukimmigration@gmail.com'

    How long have you been in the UK?

  12. ioanas2000@yahoo.com'

    Hi,

    Do I need to get my PhD exam and a certificate prove in order to apply for a blue card? Or I can apply before? Is the BR2 dorm that I need to submit?

    Thanks

  13. […] NO FEES PAYABLE UNTIL YOU ARE EARNING £21,000PA. Majestic College has announced a new UK Government funded study programme for EU students – which includes Bulgarians and Romanians looking to study and work on Yellow Cards. […]

  14. georger4477@yahoo.com'
    georger4477@yahoo.com'Isac George says :

    Do UK citizens need a special yellow card to work in Romania?Do UK citizens need a yellow card to rob Romanian land for resources while the Romanian peasants working in UK with your Gestapo rules?I’m a proud Romanian-US citizen and i dislike the Brits,bunch of arrogant c**ts.

  15. seydehyuseinova@yahoo.co.uk'

    Hi. I have a blue card, issued a year ago. However I am unsure whether it has an expiry date or not. I should really phone up the Border agency and ask. I read through their website but could not find any information about it. If someone knows the answer can you please let me know. Thank you.

  16. andrada.oprea@yahoo.com'
    andrada.oprea@yahoo.com'Andrada says :

    Hi
    I have applied for the yellow card as a student more then 8 months ago and still did not received an answer regarding my application. I think is is ridiculous to keep personal ids such as a passport for so long. I try to ring but was no answer I have sent a couple of emails and I have received ONE answer saying that home office’s staff are very busy with all the applications received from Bulgarians and Romanians. I can understand a delay of couple of weeks but 8 mouths and still no answer it is ridiculous.

  17. radostina91@gmail.com'

    Hello, I`m Bulgarian and I`m living in UK from sept 2010. Do I need first to apply for yellow card, or I can apply for blue, because I have 12 months working (self employed)? I have some info that I need to be self employed for 5 years to apply for a blue card??? is it true?. Thank you.

  18. ciprian2179@yahoo.com'
    ciprian2179@yahoo.com'stancu ciprian says :

    hi.-i am romanian and i am waiting for my taxi badge(liecence)next week and my self employed NINO in maximam 10 days.
    after that i learned that i have to register with H reveue and costoms for tax porpose.
    -i also learned that i do not need yellow card to start working as self employed(which will last more than 6 mounths to get)reading on internet(UKBA),or do i need one?
    -i wonted to open myself an bank account and they sed i need to provide them with yellow card.
    my questions are?
    1-when my taxi-liecence comes,can i start working before recieving NINO and before registering with HR and costoms?
    2-do i really need yellow card for working as self employed taxi-driver and for opening an bank account?
    3-aftar i start working as Self Employed,can my wife,who is in romania,apply for blue card?
    4-after she comes in uk with our child,has she any right to claim benefits or any kind? ty

  19. sheli_1988@yahoo.co.uk'

    Hello,
    I am from Bulgaria and i have a student yellow card since 2009. I am going to graduate next year. I have been working as a waitress in the same restaurant for the past 3 years. My question is how can I apply for blue card and is it BR2 form i need to feel in? Also i heard that you can go streight to the Uk boarder agency office and get your card there the same day. Is that true?

    Thank you
    Lina

  20. […] Some colleges are diversifying into the EU market. Majestic College has announced a new UK Government funded study programme for EU students – which includes Bulgarians and Romanians looking to study and work on Yellow Cards. […]

  21. pe7carari@yahoo.com'

    Hi,

    I am a Romanian national who graduated from a UK university in June 2012 and I would like to return to the UK to work in June 2013, but I will live outside the UK during this time. I have had a Yellow card for the past three years. Can I apply for a Blue Card from outside the UK, given that I am technically no longer residing there?

    Thanks!

  22. misha25@abv.bg'

    HI I CANT FIND THE ANSWER OF ONE QUESTION WHEN MY EMPLOYER APPLY FOR URGENT PROCESSING OF MY WORK ACCESIONAL CARD WHAT ARE WAITING TIMES UKBA TO FINISH IT?

  23. misha25@abv.bg'

    hi i wonder if i have a blue card can my mum receive the same or other type of work card

  24. aidadzw@yahoo.co.uk'

    Hi, could someone advise me please what card will be best for my brother to apply for? To mention that I am in the UK for more than 19 years and my brother is 33 years old and in Romania. Thank you for taking the time.

  25. […] HOW TO FIND APPLICATION FORMS FOR A ‘YELLOW’ OR ‘BLUE’ CARD REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE ON THE … […]

  26. […] Majestic College has announced a new UK Government funded study programme for EU students – which includes Bulgarians and Romanians looking to study and work on Yellow Cards. […]

  27. […] HOW TO FIND APPLICATION FORMS FOR A ‘YELLOW’ OR ‘BLUE’ CARD REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE ON THE … […]

  28. […] Majestic College has announced a new UK Government funded study programme for EU students – which includes Bulgarians and Romanians looking to study and work on Yellow Cards. […]

  29. fnc_jin@abv.bg'

    Hi!
    I have just graduated BA in England. (I’m a Bulgarian citizen). I have been working in England for the past year now and have a Yellow card. Is there anyone I can contact who could help me with filling out the BR2 form for Highly Skilled Migrants? I don’t want to fill it out on my own to avoid doing any mistakes.
    Thank you!

  30. euukimmigration@gmail.com'

    How did you obtain a NINO? Are you on a self employed yellow card?
    Normally, when you start a course you should apply for a student yellow card, not after the course. After 12 months you can apply for a blue card if you meet the conditions.
    You should take advice before applying. Call Bison UK on 0208 905 1822 as they have dealt with hundreds of Romanains and Bulgarians.
    Romanains and Bulgarians have always needed permission to work.
    See also:
    http://www.immigrationmatters.co.uk/uk-border-agency-rules-for-bulgarian-and-romanian-nationals.html

    Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

    For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email info@majesticcollege.org

  31. […] HOW TO FIND APPLICATION FORMS FOR A ‘YELLOW’ OR ‘BLUE’ CARD REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE ON THE … […]

  32. mirabela.ciurla@yahoo.com'
    mirabela.ciurla@yahoo.com'Mirabela says :

    Hello, I have NINO and now I want to start a course of English, 6 months-1 year, and after I want to apply for the Yellow Card. Can you recommend me please which University/College is accredited? Thank you in advance!!

  33. […] while she waits for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to process her application for a work permit (yellow card registration certificate issued only to Bulgarian and Romanian citizens exercising Treaty Rights to study and work) – 18 […]

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