Parliament will, by virtue of changes which have been laid before it, soon be considering new rules which will require a much greater number of migrants to apply for biometric residence permits if they seek an extension of their leave to remain in the UK . Stickers, which the UKBA fondly called “vignettes”, which migrants in Tiers 1 and 5, currently hold in their passports will be replaced by the biometric documents.
In the event that Parliament approves the said regulations, migrants who apply to extend their stay in the UK under Tier 1 or Tier 5 (Temporary worker) of the PBS will need to enrol their biometric information (fingerprints and photograph) as part of their application from 14 December 2010 at the Identity and Passport Service and selected post offices all around the country.
The I need a biometric residence permit? page of the UKBA’s website provides applicants with information about how to apply for a permit and enrol their biometric information.
Very interesting debates and statistics are also available from the House of Lords debate here.