The UK Parliament yesterday approved regulations allowing the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to expand the identity cards scheme, as from 31 March, to further non EEA immigration categories.
Last November the first identity cards were introduced for spouses or partners and students given permission to extend their leave.
From 31 March migrants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) granted an extension in the following categories will also get an identity card:
- postgraduate doctors and dentists
- academic visitors granted leave for more than six months
- visitors for private medical treatment
- domestic workers in a private household
- United Kingdom ancestry
- retired persons of independent means
- sole representatives
- dependants where applicable and when applying at the same time; and those applying for a transfer of conditions
For more information and a table listing the categories affected please see identity cards for foreign nationals
The UK Border Agency said today:
“Those applying for a transfer of conditions into a passport or other document will receive a card if successful, regardless of whether their category has been rolled out, meaning that any foreign national with limited permission to stay might hold a card as evidence of their right to be in the United Kingdom.
“As the numbers of foreign nationals required to provide their biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) increases, we are working to increase the number of biometric enrolment centres. There are currently seven offices around the United Kingdom – Croydon, Sheffield, Liverpool, Solihull, Cardiff, Glasgow and Armagh in Northern Ireland.”
Over the next three years the UKBA plans are to issue identity cards to all non EEA nationals extending their visas or “permission to stay” (Further Leave to Remain – FLR), as well as those coming into the UK on visas for more than six months. By the end of 2014/15 about “90 per cent of all non EEA nationals will have been issued with a card”.
ID cards will replace the stamps, stickers and other immigration status documents, enabling those here legally to prove their immigration status to employer and sponsors.
Employers, sponsors and public service providers will have a more simple and secure way to prove a person’s immigration status and eligibility to work, study or access benefits.
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