From 1st December 2012, anyone granted permission to stay in the UK for over six months must apply for a biometric residence permit. These new requirements will, the UKBA says, enable 'employers and other bodies to check the immigration status and entitlements of foreign nationals.'
The UKBA says that the new cards
will also help it to check applicants' details against various UK databases
including its own database and police fingerprint records. The new permits will
also make life easier for those holding the new permits because they are
'simpler to understand are more convenient for foreign nationals living in the
UK to use.'
The UKBA issued a statement saying, 'We have been rolling
out biometric residence permits to different visa categories over the last 4
years. This means that applicants have been enrolling their biometric
information (fingerprints and facial images) to apply for a biometric residence
permit at the same time as making their application to stay in the UK. Some people will have applied
to stay in the UK before there was a requirement to provide biometric
information in their category, and will not have provided their biometric
information. If these people are granted permission to stay on or after 1
December 2012, either at first consideration or after a successful appeal, they
will need to apply for a biometric residence permit.'
If you applied
before 1st December 2012 but your application is approved after 2012, you will
be required to apply for a biometric permit. The UKBA will write to you to
explain how this is done.
The biometric residence permit will give details of
your name, your date and place of birth and carry a photograph and fingerprint
information. It will also show what your immigration status is.
will need to show it to your employer or your education provider before you can
start your work or study. It will also be acceptable proof of your right to be
in the UK and it will help you access public services.
You will need
to take it with you if you travel abroad. You will need to show it to UKBA staff
on leaving the UK. On your return journey, you will have to show it to
immigration officials when you start your journey and you will have to show it
to UKBA officials when you arrive in the UK. It does not replace your passport
which you will also need to take with you.
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