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Applicants: More immigration and settlement routes require biometric residence permit

29 February 2012

The UK Border Agency has today completed the rollout of biometric residence permits in the UK. This significantly increases the number of biometric residence permits issued by the agency. From 29 February 2012, all applicants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) applying to stay in the UK for more than 6 months will have to register their fingerprints and digital facial image. Successful applicants will be issued a biometric residence permit as evidence of immigration status and entitlements in the UK. This includes refugees and thos...

Applicants: Automatic settlement for skilled workers to end

29 February 2012

As part of the government's commitment to reviewing the immigration system, last summer a consultation was launched proposing reforms to employment-related settlement, Tier 5 and overseas domestic worker routes.

Immigration Minister Damian Green has today announced the government's response to this consultation. The proposed changes will mean that skilled migrant workers coming to the UK under Tier 2 of the points-based system will no longer be able to settle in the UK simply based on the amount of time they have spent in the UK.

Employers: Private servants in diplomatic households: changes affecting diplomatic missions
Applicants: Telephone service for biometrics appointment open until 8pm on Monday 27 February 2012
Applicants: Application form FLR(BID) will be withdrawn from 29 February 2012

27 February 2012

From 29 February, application form, FLR(BID) will be withdrawn. This will affect those applying as:

  • an academic visitor;
  • domestic worker in a private household;
  • UK ancestor;
  • visitor for private medical care; and
  • a dependent of a person with limited leave.

Applicants applying in these categories should use form FLR(O) from 29 February. From 29 February appointments at public enquiry offices for these case types, should be booked under the FLR(O) category.

Applicants: 'Apply online' service in the UK - update

24 February 2012

Our 'Apply online' service remains unavailable while we undertake important maintenance. During this time you are not able to create or access an online account, make an online booking for a biometric appointment or use the online system to complete and pay for an application for Tiers 2 and 5 of the points-based system.

Whilst our 'Apply online' service is not available, you should use paper forms to make an application. You can find the form you need and the accompanying guidance in the relevant section of the UK Border Agency websi...

Employers: Clarifications to the online application process for Tier 2 and Tier 5 in the UK
Employers: Online applications for Tier 2 and Tier 5 in the UK

13 February 2012

From today, migrant workers under Tiers 2 and 5 of the points-based system can apply and pay their application fees online if they are already in the UK.

The new online application system is also available to these workers' dependants who are in the UK and seeking permission to extend their stay (known as 'further leave to remain').

Applicants can use the online system to complete and submit their application, pay their application fee and (if they want to use our 'premium service') book an appointment at a public enquiry offi...

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