Biometric Residence Permits
The UKBA seeks to extend Biometric Residence Permits to more migrants from 29 February 2012
The UKBA is today laying regulations before Parliament which, if approved, will see more foreign nationals being issued with biometric residence permits (BRPs) from 29 February 2012. From this date, all applications for leave of more than six months made in the UK by foreign nationals from outside the non-European Economic Area (EEA) will require the applicant to enrol their biometrics (fingerprints and digital facial image). If successful in their application, the UK Border Agency will issue a BRP as evidence of immigration status and entitlements in the UK. This includes those granted settlement.
To provide greater support to migrants seeking to enrol their biometrics through the UKBA's already stretched Public Enquiry Offices, the Agency has contracted with Post Office Ltd to provide a further 100 locations around the UK at which they can do this. The expanded number of Post Offices will be in place in spring 2012.
From spring 2012 the Agency also plans to launch a new online checking service to provide quick and easy real time checks on the permit and the holder's identity and right to work.
6 December 2011