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Important Update for Tier 1 General applications inside and outside the UK

22 October 2010

Regulations have been laid before Parliament which will require even more migrants to apply for biometric residence permits if they want to extend their stay in the UK. The permits will replace the stickers (known as 'vignettes') which these migrants currently hold in their passports.

The Biometric Residence Permit is a residence permit which holds a migrant's biographic details (name, date and place of birth) and biometric features (facial image and fingerprints), and shows his/her immigration status and entitlements while he/she remains in the UK.

Subject to parliamentary approval of the regulations, migrants who apply t in the UK under Tier 1 or Tier 5 (Temporary worker) of the points-based system will need to enrol their biometric information (fingerprints and photograph) as part of their application from 14 December 2010.

In-country applications for further leave to remain under Tiers 1 or 5 made prior to 14 December will not require biometric enrolment but, applications made on or after 14 December will require biometrics to be enrolled.

In terms of entry clearance applications, we have been informed that the Tier 1 (General) threshold for October 2010 has now been reached and no further visas will be issued by British Diplomatic Posts (Embassies and Consular Visa Sections) until 1 November 2010.  Applicants are still able to submit applications, however their visa will not be issued until 1 November 2010 and applications will be dealt on a  first come, first serve basis.

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Migra & Co is a private immigration company, regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), reference number F200900038. This website is not a government website and as such, we are not linked or affiliated with the UK Visas and Immigration. We offer expert legal advice and flexible tailored solutions to both private and corporate clients to ensure that their immigration needs are met. If you wish to download or prepare a UK visa application form, you can do so free of charge by visiting the Official UKVI website.