Immigration Update: Biometric Residence Permits to be rolled out to remaining migrants

12 December 2011

Subject to receiving parliamentary approval, from 29 February 2012 all migrants applying for permission to remain in the UK for more than six months will need to apply for a biometric Residence Permit. This rollout will incorporate all remaining applicants who thus far have not been subject to the Biometric Residence Permit requirements. It will even include those applying for indefinite leave to remain as well as settled migrants who require evidence of settled status to be re-issued because their vignette is in a lost, stolen or expired passport.

The roll out to those applying overseas and to in country applications made prior to a biometric registration requirement will take effect from 1 December 2012, after which time all applicants applying to enter or remain in the UK will require a Biometric Residence Permit. Until this date, these applicants will continue to receive a vignette as evidence of leave in their passports.

For the vast majority of applicants, facilities to enrol biometric data will be provided via post offices and only those applicants paying the premium service fee for a same day service will be able to enrol their biometric data at the Home Office Public Enquiry Offices. For further information please contact your usual Kingsley Napley advisor.

Introduction of online applications for visas under the points based system in India and Nepal

From 12 December 2011 visa applications under the points based system and appointments at a visa application centre will need to be made online and manual applications will no longer be accepted. Although it will be mandatory for all Tier 1, 2, 4 and 5 applications, those applying in other visa categories have a choice and may continue to submit applications completed manually.

Annual Certificates of Sponsorship for 6 April 2012 to 5 April 2013

The UK Border Agency is sending out emails to Sponsors alerting them to the fact that they can apply for the next annual allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship for Tier 2 with effect from 6 January 2012. If your Authorising Officer does receive an email from the UK Border Agency on this subject it will be from a "no-reply" email address and therefore may arrive as spam or junk mail. Your usual Kingsley Napley advisor will contact you about your annual renewal early in the new year but do contact us in the meantime should you have any immediate concerns.

For more information, please contact: Nicolas Rollason, Head of Immigration

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