25 September 2009

UK skilled migrants to be issued with identity card from new year

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Home Secretary Alan Johnson announced today that UK skilled migrants renewing their visas will be issued with an identity card from the new year.

UK work permit

From January, UK Work Permit (Tier 2) holders will be issued with identity cards.

The announcement comes three months ahead of the previous schedule for roll-outs of identity cards.

From January 2010, skilled foreign workers who immigrate to the UK under the UK Work Permit (Tier 2) of the points-based system will be issued with identity cards.

It is estimated that this will add around 30,000 foreign nationals a year to those already being issued with identity cards.

In the past identity cards have been issued mainly to students renewing their UK student visa (Tier 4) and those renewing marriage visas.

Identity cards for foreign nationals who immigrate to the UK from outside the European Economic Area were introduced in November 2008.

The introduction of the identity cards for UK skilled visa (Tier 1) migrants and UK work permit (temporary Tier 5) is also expected to be brought forward, from 2011 to 2010.

From October, UK Work Permit (Tier 2) holders who are being issued with identity cards will be given the choice of providing their fingerprints and photograph at one of the participating Crown post offices (for a fee of £8) or at one of the UK Border Agency or Identity & Passport Service Offices currently included within the scheme (which will remain free).

 


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