UKBA announces introduction of Biometric Residence Permits for Tier 1 and 5

On 20th October 2010, the UK Border Agency announced that from 14th December 2010, migrants applying for Tier 1 and Tier 5 categories will need to apply for Biometric Residence Permits (BRP) if they wish to extend their stay in the UK.

The ID card-style BRP will replace the stickers currently endorsed in passports by the UK Border Agency. Subject to approval by parliament, migrants applying to extend their stay will now need to provide biometric information (fingerprints and photograph).

The expected introduction of this requirement is likely to mean that there will be additional costs associated with applications for both Tier 1 and Tier 5, not to mention the additional effort involved with booking and attending a biometric appointment.

Applying before the new requirement’s introduction on 14th December should allow applicants to avoid these costs. At the time of writing it should still be possible for individuals to obtain “same-day” Premium Service appointments in advance of the new processes being introduced. For information and advice on applications under these categories, please contact us.