Identity Cards coming into force for Tier 2 migrants from the 6th January 2010

Further to our previous news item on the subject (available here), the UK Border Agency has now confirmed that from Wednesday the 6th January 2010, all migrants applying for Tier 2 visas from within the UK will also be required to apply for an Identity Card for Foreign Nationals (ICFN).

The exact procedure for submitting biometric details will differ depending on whether the application is made using the postal or same-day route.

Postal Applications

As is currently the case with Tier 4 applications, applicants will need to apply as normal. The UK Border Agency will then write to the applicant, asking them to book an appointment to submit their biometric details. The applicant will then need to book an appointment for themselves and any dependants, using the online or telephone booking systems, attend this appointment and submit their biometric details (digital photograph and digital finger scans). The UK Border Agency will then process the application as normal. If the application is approved, the individual will receive their Identity Card by post within 10 working days

Premium (Same-day) Applications

Applicants will need to book a premium appointment in the normal manner by using the telephone or online booking systems. Applicants must then attend the appointment themselves, along with any dependants, and submit their application as well as their biometric details (as described above). The applicant will still receive a decision on their application on the same day, although the Identity Card will be posted by secure delivery within 10 working days. Due to the fact that applicants must now submit their biometric details, representatives such as UK Work Permits Ltd will no longer be able to represent applicants at same-day appointments. Despite this, UKWP can still assist in the preparation of a successful application, in the same way as we do currently with postal applications.

The UK Border Agency has re-stated that they intend to introduce Identity Cards for Tier 1 and Tier 5 applicants by the end of 2010.

For further information on how these changes will affect you, or for assistance with preparing a successful Tier 2 visa application, please contact us.