The UK Border Agency has announced that regulations have been laid before Parliament which will require more migrants to apply for biometric residence permits if they want to extend their stay in the UK.
The new permits will replace the stickers (known as ‘vignettes’) which these most migrants currently hold in their passports.
Subject to parliamentary approval of the regulations (passing them into Law), migrants who apply to extend their stay in the UK under Tier 1 or Tier 5 (Temporary worker) of the points-based system will need to enrol their biometric information (fingerprints and photograph) as part of their application from 14 December 2010.
The UK Border Agency has published an impact assessment and an equality impact assessment for the changes. You can find these under ‘Policy and law’ on the UK Border Agency website.
To find out how biometric information applies to you, visit the ‘Do I need a biometric residence permit?’ section of the UK Border Agency website, which explains how to apply for a permit and enrol your biometric information. Source: UK Border Agency
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