11 December 2009
Roll out of identity card for UK Tier 2 workers in January
Starting in January, all skilled migrant workers and their dependants will receive a foreign national identity card when extending their stay in the UK under Tier 2 of the points-based system.
The UK Immigration regulation, approved recently by Parliament, requires all Tier 2 applications made inside the UK on or after 6 January 2010 to include the enrolment of the applicant's fingerprint and photograph.
The requirement for Tier 2 renewals to supply biometric information is part of a large roll out of idenity cards for foreign nationals.
Migrants in a number of other UK Visa categories are already required to enrol their biometrics and obtain an identity card when they apply to extend their stay in the UK.
There are a number of ways an applicant can supply their biometric information including at one of 11 Home Office biometric enrolment centres around the UK or postal applicants can now choose to enrol their biometrics at a limited number of Crown post offices nationwide, although as this is a trial service it is currently available only to applicants who have been sent an invitation to use it.
The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge their UK Visa applications at the British Embassy.