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Identity cards for Tier 2 holders

24 September 2009

Foreign nationals from outside the European Economic Area are required to have their photograph and fingerprints taken when applying under certain visa categories. They are then issued with an identity card confirming their identity and the right to live and work in the UK.

Since the introduction of the identity cards in November 2008, 90,000 cards have been issued, mainly to students renewing their visa under  of the points-based system and those renewing marriage visas.

From January 2010, skilled foreign workers applying under  of the points-based system will be issued with identity cards.

The introduction of the identity cards  for those in  and  categories of the points-based system will also be brought forward, from 2011 to 2010.

Furthermore, from October, foreign nationals who are being issued with identity cards will be given the choice of providing their fingerprints and photograph at one of the 17 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).

The partnership with the Post Office will provide extra capacity enabling the UK Border Agency to speed up the enrolment process and give more choice and convenience to migrants who wish to enrol.

If you require further information regarding the identity cards please contact us on 0203 384 3075.


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.