03 November 2009
More than 100,000 identity cards have been issued to UK work permit holders
The UK Border Agency has announced it has issued more than 100,000 identity cards for foreign nationals, mostly to those extending as UK Tier 4 student visa holders or spouses.
If the regulations laid out in parliament this week are adopted, from 6 January next year UK Work Permit holders from outside the European Economic Area will be issued with identity cards when they extend their permission to stay for more than six months under UK Tier 2 Work Permit system.
These UK Tier 2 Work Permit holders will need to enroll their biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) as part of their application to extend their stay.
The identity card scheme has been accelerated, initially applicants under the UK Tier 2 Work Permit scheme were to apply for cards from spring next year, and it is likely that the introduction of the identity cards for UK Tier 1 Skilled Visa and UK Tier 5 Temporary Workers will be brought forward from spring 2011 to the end of 2010.